Sep 03 2009

Graehm Gray Reviews: Eat This Not That! For Kids! -by David Zinczenko; 2008 Rodale, Inc.

By Graehm Gray

Let me start off this review by saying this is one book that you need in your home, now! There are hundreds of diet and nutrition books written each year trying to address the problem of adult and childhood obesity. And yet the problem is not getting better. 65% of U.S. adults are overweight and 30 % are obese. 17% of U.S. kids age 2-19 are either obese or overweight. It has been estimated by the World Health Organization that by the year 2030, 90% of all kids, all over the world, will be either overweight or obese. These statistics are startling! In a bad way!

David Zinczenko, Editor-In-Chief of the magazine, Men’s Health, and editorial director of Women’s Health and Best Life has put together a food guide collection of hundreds of products that shows us exactly what we are eating and what we should be eating. Zinczenko has covered the supermarket s and the menu offerings at various restaurants. From Sushi to Italian, Starbucks to Jamba Juice, from Boboli to Tofutti, from Lean Gourmet to Wendy’s. It is all presented in beautiful photos and clear writing that is easily understandable. Did you know that a California Roll from your local Japanese Sushi restaurant made with crab, avocado and cucumber (around 300 calories) may be one of the healthiest meals for kids? Or did you know that a Mega Mango drink from Jamba Juice has 220 calories, 0.5g fat and 50 g sugars and the better choice is the Strawberry Whirl with 200 calories, 0g fat and only 42g sugars? That’s a lot of sugar either way, don’t you think? All of this great info and comparisons can be found in this book. It will also be a great guide when going shopping at the supermarket. For example did you know that a serving of Eggo Nutri-grain Whole Wheat Waffles has 180 calories, 6g fat (1.5g saturated) and 420 mg sodium while a serving of the Eggo Nutri-grain Low Fat Waffles has 140 calories, 2.5g fat (0.5g saturated) and 410 mg sodium?

Zinczenko, in Eat This Not That, writes in a straight forward way that is simple to understand. He shows us direct comparisons and lot’s of color pictures and transforms the usually complicated scientific nutritional jargon into a very easy language. We all need to become more familiar with nutritional labels and understand what the amounts of fat, carbohydrates, sugar and fiber in the food we choose means to us. This book will help all of us make better choices. Included in the book, is information about snack choices, choosing healthier options for school lunches, healthy dinner, holiday and special occasion options and even a section on making better candy choices. It’s all there!

So here is my recommendation: head to the book store or go online to your favorite web book seller and get this book. In fact get two, one for your house and one to keep with you when you go shopping or go out to eat. Being armed with this information, you are bound to make healthier decisions for you and your family.

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