Read It Before You Eat It: How to Decode Food Labels and Make the Healthiest Choice Every Time

Read It Before You Eat It: How to Decode Food Labels and Make the Healthiest Choice Every Time

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by Bonnie Taub-Dix
     
 

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A nationally recognized nutrition expert tells shoppers exactly what should be going into their carts.

The whole foods movement explained how to shop healthfully at the farmers market, but how can families shop smart at Wal-Mart? There is a wealth of information on labels, but most people have no idea that products labeled "trans-fat free" can contain

Overview

A nationally recognized nutrition expert tells shoppers exactly what should be going into their carts.

The whole foods movement explained how to shop healthfully at the farmers market, but how can families shop smart at Wal-Mart? There is a wealth of information on labels, but most people have no idea that products labeled "trans-fat free" can contain trans-fats or that "all natural" is a meaningless phrase. Readers can bring this handy guide to the supermarket to help them interpret labels like a pro. How much sodium is too much? Are all carbs the kiss of death? And what does "organic" really mean? Renowned nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix clears up the confusion by showing readers how to make sense of the labels and sidestep tricky marketing ploys. She walks them through a typical grocery store and points out the best food choices to make in every aisle.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452296435
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
377,639
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Jane Weaver
“Before your next trip to the supermarket you owe it to yourself to read Read It Before You Eat It. [Bonnie Taub-Dix] sums up all you need to know about food labels, separates the organic hype from reality and explains the latest research on fats, cholesterol and other nutrients. Her nutritional knowledge is extensive and she writes with a clear, sympathetic, engaging voice. Bring the book with you when you shop!”-- (Jane Weaver, Health editor, msnbc.com)
Marion Nestle
“If the words on food labels seem hopelessly obscure, Read It Before You Eat It is just what you need. Bonnie Taub-Dix gives a clear and insightful decoding of the terms, claims, and symbols on food packages, along with “fast facts” that together provide an instant course in nutrition. This book goes right on my shelf of handy references.”-- (Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and author of What to Eat)
Nicci Micco
“If you've ever felt like you need a nutrition degree to navigate the supermarket successfully, this book is for you. Bonnie demystifies food labels and guides us to the healthy foods we really need--in a comprehensive guide that's actually fun to read!”-- (Nicci Micco, deputy editor, features and nutrition, EatingWell Magazine)
Lisa Lillien
“Attention, supermarket shoppers! Read It Before You Eat It is a must-have guide for all consumers - whether you're a savvy label-reader or you've never even glanced at a nutritional panel. Bravo, Bonnie! You've managed to tackle this very important subject in a relatable, fun way! This book contains 100% of your DV for label reading assistance! (And if you don't know what that means right now, you will soon!)”-- (Lisa Lillien, New York Times bestselling author of Hungry Girl)
Brian Wansink
“Labels decoded. This remarkable book demystifies everything you’ve wanted to know about food labels but were afraid to ask. Have you ever wondered whether those ridiculously expensive products are worth it, or why much protein or fiber you really need, or what “whole grain” means? The answers are here. The details of your diet are laid out so clearly and elegantly by Taub-Dix, it’s amazing why such a complete, hands-on analysis didn’t happen long ago.”-- (Brian Wansink, Ph.D., author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think)

Meet the Author

Nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix is a specialist in behavior and lifestyle modification, nutritional therapy, obesity and weight management with thirty years of experience. She lives on Long Island with her husband and three sons.

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Read It Before You Eat It: How to Decode Food Labels and Make the Healthiest Choice Every Time 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ctfranklin28 More than 1 year ago
his was a great book, even though I didn't always agree with the philosophy behind it. Since I am a Paleo and natural food advocate, I've moved away from counting calories and trying to fit into the conventional mold suggested by the Food Pyramid. I'm more into the "Eat real food and don't worry about how many calories" are involved group. That being said, this book did serve a greater good. It opened my eyes to the many ways that we can be tricked on a food label. Since I have been interested in nutrition since my teenage years, I automatically assumed that I knew all there was to know about the food label. Apparently, I don't. Bonnie Taub-Dix does an excellent job of providing clear and easy to understand information about the different pitfalls that can happen to anyone trying to eat health. This book will cover how to decipher serving sizes, the different types of sugars, food allergens, and go into specific detail about health claims. What you won't find is a "Eat this, not that" kind of thing. You'll get some suggestions. It doesn't really help you decide what to get in the supermarket, it just tells you what's inside the stuff that's there.
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