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Eat this Not that – David Zinczenko

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Photograph of Eat This Not That

Photograph of Eat This Not That

If you’re the type of person who stands in the grocery store with three different bags of chips in hand comparing all of the nutritional information, then this book’s for you.

A very visual book, it’s worth borrowing from a library to pick up the various tips of what to look for when identifying ‘good’ and ‘bad’ ingredients of various processed foods; however, I don’t think it would be worth keeping around as a reference guide.

Also some parts backfire. When reading that the Calories / Sugar of a Sunkist Orange Pop equals that of 17 Chewy Chips Ahoy Cookies I didn’t come to the conclusion that said orange pop was bad. Instead I thought “AWESOME, I can eat 16 Chewy Chips Ahow cookies (even though Mr. Christie now makes them so small they’re barely bite-sized) and it would be less sugar than drinking a gross pop“…

Food Matters: A guide to conscious eating – Mark Bittman.

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Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating
This book focuses on how best to navigate current supermarket (& farmer market) choices so that what goes in your mouth is healthy for you and healthier for your environment.

The most interesting take-away so far:

To produce one calorie of corn takes 2.2 calories of fossil fuel. It requires 40 calories to produce one calorie of beef protein.

To give you an idea of how much more energy goes into junk food than comes out, consider that a 12-ounce can of diet soda – containing just one calorie – requires 2,200 calories to produce, about 70 percent of which is in production of the aluminum can.

Yikes! Even removing the packaging from the equation to “level the playing field” still equates to 660 calories to produce one calorie of soda.

NOTE: I didn’t get all the way through this book before it was due back to the lender, so I’ll have to sign up to get my hands on it again!

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