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

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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 trans-fats or that "all natural" is a meaningless phrase. Readers can bring this handy guide...
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Read It Before You Eat It: How to Decode Food Labels and Make the Healthiest Choice Every Time

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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.


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What People Are Saying

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)
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)
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)
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101458976
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 583,119
  • File size: 915 KB

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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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Why You Need This Supermarket Shopping Companion xiii

Part 1 The Meaning Behind the Words on the Label...and Why You Should Care 1

1 The History of Labeling 3

Where We Began and Where We're Going

2 Ready, Set, Shop 10

Gathering the Guidelines

3 Label Lingo 16

4 What Else Is on Your Label? 41

5 Organic Food 49

Is It Worth It?

6 The Claim Game 56

Separating Fact from Fiction 56

7 Tricky Terms 75

The Most Manipulative Maneuvers Food Manufacturers Use to Get You to Buy Their Food

8 Nutrient Profiling Systems 87

The Method Behind the Madness

9 Deciphering the Diseases 102

Part 2 Navigating the Aisles: How to Shop for the Best Foods 117

10 Finding Fruits and Visiting Vegetables 119

The Produce Aisle

11 Power-Packed Protein 129

Lean Meat, Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Beans/Legumes, Soy Products, and Nuts

12 Utterly Delicious 151

The Dairy Aisle

13 Going with the Grain 166

Breads, Cereals, and Starches

14 Just the Fats, Ma'am 178

Oils, Butter, Spreads, and Sprays

15 Delightful or Destructive 187

Snacks and Desserts

16 Drink to Your Health 199

Beverages

17 Super Shopping Lists 216

Appendix 221

Resources 233

Index 243

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