The first few chapters are very informative, providing information on basic nutrition and different dangerous and potentially dangerous ingredients and additives.
The next 8 chapters are different categories of junk foods such as candy, drinks, cookies, chips, etc. A common brand name item is shown and then a healthier alternative.
There's a removable page in the book containing the worst ingredients and ingredients to beware of. This would be great to keep in your purse or wallet to refer to when shopping. There is a printable version of this list plus bonus material available when you register online at Naturally Savvy.
Naturally Savvy broke down that list into the Scary Seven which includes hfcs, trans-fats, msg, artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, preservatives.
I have said for a couple years now that although food allergies aren't exactly fun, it has also been a blessing for our family in numerous ways. We eat so much healthier than we would otherwise. I am happy to say that just because we have to avoid so many processed foods, I didn't find too many of the scary seven ingredients in our cabinets.
This is our snack/catch all cabinet. Holiday candy gets thrown up here, any other candy, snacks and crackers.
When it comes to candy, we do love our Yummy Earth Suckers but our cabinet also always has Smarties candy, sometimes M&Ms and right now jelly beans because of Easter. All three are full of artificial colors and flavors.
My favorite candy (chocolate covered pomegranate pieces) looks fairly inconspicuous at first glance, but if you read slowly, natural flavors is listed twice! There's also canola oil and soy lecithin, both of which are among the most GMO ingredients there are.
Honestly, I don't know what know what's in the Ritz crackers. I'm sure it's not pretty and they probably need thrown out since I'm also sure they're probably expired as we literally just do not eat buns or crackers with meals anymore.
Our craisins aren't bad. I'd rather have some sugar than any artificial sweetener.
When it comes to things like chips, due to food allergies we don't have any that aren't just corn, corn oil and salt. I was disappointed and surprised to see our taco shells have artificial colors.
Surprisingly enough, Konny's little Gerber puffs aren't too scary.
Our cereal cabinet doesn't look too bad right now. I have to admit it's not uncommon to find artificial colors up here. All 3 kids are able to eat Trix and when I can get them for $1 or less/box, I buy them. There is sometimes Fruity Pebbles too since they're gluten free. I hated to see BHT added to several of these boxes.
I didn't stop looking at labels with just our "junk" food and took a look at some of my favorite soups too. (I think it'd be awesome for Naturally Savvy to write another book detailing other convenience foods like soups, hamburger helpers, mac and cheese, etc.) The first soup is an old favorite. It doesn't appear nearly as appetizing looking at ingredients like autolyzed yeast extract, naturals flavors and hydolyzed soy protein. The second soup is another favorite of mine and has a much better ingredient list. Maybe I should check into the chicken noodle in this brand!
After reading this book, I feel even more determined to seek out healthier options for feeding my family. I noticed just yesterday at the grocery store, I was reading ingredient lists on everything I picked up. Instead of just scanning for our known allergens, I was keeping an eye out for preservatives too.
Before food allergies, when looking at labels, my main concern was fat, calories, etc. Now, I rarely look at that info because I'm focused on ingredients. That is what this book is really about, focusing on ingredients. Even if the product you're buying looks like it might be healthy on the nutrition panel, if it's full of bad ingredients, it's not such a good choice after all!
I think this book would be beneficial and informative for all my friends (not just my hippy health conscious friends). In fact, don't be surprised if some of y'all get a copy wrapped up at Christmas this year!
God has blessed me with a pretty wonderful life.
I work part time as a dental hygienist and the rest of the week, I'm at home with my 3 yr old baby Konnor. Princess Katie is in Kindergarten now and my big boy Kelton a 4th grader! I really enjoy my job and love my family to pieces. I have a wonderful husband, Eric, who is the love of my life and my best friend. We try to make the most of every day and couldn't be enjoying our little family more!
I orginally started this blog as a way to cope with Katie's colic, reflux and food issues. While she's still totally gluten free (but successfully eating dairy), over time, she's slowly gotten better and the blog morphed into all the fun times of our growing family.
In addition to Katie's gluten intolerance, we manage Kelton's tree nut allergy and Konnor's soy and dairy FPIES and peanut allergy. It'd be too easy for them all to be allergic to the same stuff, huh? Thankfully, I'm an genius in the kitchen. ;)