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Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide (Eat This, Not That!)

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You can burn fat and sculpt the body you’ve always wanted—and even save money in the process-without dieting. All you need is the insider’s guide to smart, healthy, low-cost food choices. And now, the right choices are simple!

From the produce section to the frozen-food aisle, the modern supermarket is loaded with 50,000 food choices, all vying for your hard-earned money. N
Paperback, 319 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Rodale Books (first published December 23rd 2008)
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I love this book series. I own this one and the fast food guide. Not everything suggested in this book is healthy, just healthier. Basically, these books aren't necessarily about eating healthy because some things will just NEVER be healthy, but it helps you make the BETTER choice. For instance, in the supermarket guide for cereals they have a section for grain cereals and one for sweet cereals. They mention that sweet cereals aren't ideal for everyday, but IF you're going to eat it, "this what ...more
The second book I've read in this series. Interesting, but I won't remember all this info at the store. (Granted, I could just read the labels.) Makes you think about what you buy.
This sort of book may be what the average American stuck in a food rut needs! My husband is a somewhat picky eater, and what he likes, he LIKES. This book may be just what we need to help us stick to our habitual meals, and just make small changes over time to help us eat more healthy.

To those people giving this book low ratings because a doughnut is still a doughnut and still bad for you... You must not give the reader of this book much credit. Of *course* people know that doughnuts are still b
The most helpful of these books, for me. I admit I was happiest when I saw something I dislike in the "Not That" column and stuff I love in the "Eat This" column. It's easy for me to compare calories, but the book shows others reasons why things may be less healthy, such as amount of sugars, or lack of fiber. Some of the Not That things weren't necessarily bad for you, just empty calories, which I kind of don't find bad enough to warrant this, if my husband wants to eat 190 calories of Eggo waff ...more
When I mentioned to a friend that I was reading Eat This, Not That! she said, "That sounds like a bossy book!" She's right, but I quite like the bossy title. The whole package is excellent: design, layout, size and content. I checked the book out from the library, but have since bought a copy to keep: it is a great reference guide for shopping and eating. I am an inveterate food label-reader, so am familiar with a lot of the sneaky tricks of the food industry, but the authors provide tons of inf ...more
This is a great book. I love how it compares all kinds of everyday items that I would pick up at a grocery store. But, I also love how it has recipes at the back so you can make some entrees at home without losing the taste of the restaurant dish that they are emulating. I didn't end up trying the recipes (time factor before the book was due at the library)...but the idea is great. The only thing is that there is SO much information, that you really have to buy a copy for yourself if you are goi ...more
This fab little book is a must for everyone, whether you are trying to lose weight or just eat healthier. Not only does it give great tasting, healthier substitutions for all your favorite food items, it is jam-packed with shopping tips, great advice and money saving schemes.

Learn the tricks supermarkets use to make you buy certain items. Find out which veggies and fruits are in season and how to store them to get the best and freshest taste. Discover what to look for on food labels and what to
For fear of only thumbing through and looking at the fun facts and pictures, I vowed myself to read this book cover to cover. I will never grocery shop the same again! I thought I did a good job at looking at the nutrition and ingredient labels, until I read this book. I'm not that huge on always buying organic, but I've always wanted to buy food items with very little or no preservatives (although sometimes organic and no preservatives go hand in hand). When you read the labels on some high-pro ...more
I LOVE this book. On one side it has the pictures of items to eat, on the other side it has picture of items to avoid. Then it tells you exactly WHY. Lots of great info other than just the "eat this, not that" comparisons (which are often surprising).

On the NOT THAT list: Kelloggs Raisin Bran, Multi Bran Chex, Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Chicken Breast strips, Hunts Crushed Tomatoes, Progresso Tomato Basil Soup, Newmans Own Tomato & Basil pasta sauce, Mission Multi Grain Wraps, Sara Lee Heart He
Katherine Totten
Love this book! It's chock full of information to help brave the supermarket aisles. The photographs are wonderful, featuring different types of food under the "Eat This Not That" banner. The amount of sugars and sodium in our food is astounding and this book brings to light the amounts of those elements in hundreds of foods that we put into our bodies everyday.
This is not a health food or a diet
book, but instead a guide to help us live healthier. If we follow only half the recommendations, ou
I thought it was just going to be a quick look through, but there was some detailed, good information at the beginning of each chapter. I realized those Marie Callender chicken pot pies I've been depending on for "homemade" meals when I don't have the time are one of the most calorie filled items I could get at the grocery store. I'm going to have to be more conscious about those kinds of items I buy at the store.
Melinda Cloud
It is not my aim to lose weight. It is my aim to eat healthy and when organic is not an option, I find this book (as well as the others in the series) VERY helpful. It answers questions of "this or that?" quite easily as well as "Okay, so use this coupon or toss it?". We enjoy this colorful alternative now and then to our norm: standing in the aisle, leaning on the grocery cart and avidly reading labels.
It's a cute idea, but between mismatched comparisons ("This bad food contains some fat, but this good food has some fiber!") and pricey Healthy options ("Ditch your generic brand yogurt, at $0.48/cup, for this fancy Fage Greek yogurt, at $3.17/cup!") I haven't found it all that helpful.
Krissy Wright-brassell
I think this book is helpful. It lets you know what to eat, especially if you eat out a lot. I was hoping it would be more from the perspective of actual foods to cook in your kitchen as opposed to eating out and decoding menus.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I think I'm somewhat ambivalent about this one. On the plus side, it's an organized study of which supermarket brand of a type of product is healthier than an other. The graphic design is bright and catching with photographs of every single product mentioned. It really must have taken a lot of work to confirm nutritional information for so many items and then compare them against each other. On the other side, the book really had too much information to be immediately useful. It's not the type o ...more
Naomi Young
Dieting triggers some of my worst compulsive tendencies, but I am trying to live with a little more respect for my body and eat more responsibly. (Yes, those of you who have seen me with Hostess, pepperoni, and cracker packs are thinking I have a long way to go, and you are right.) ETNT books are bright and simple, and hammer a few points home. Eat unprocessed foods, read labels, don't believe package claims. Everything we know, but don't always do. The core of ETNT books are photo spreads of fi ...more
Chad Warner
Nov 15, 2014 Chad Warner rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: health conscious
Shelves: non-fiction, health
An easy guide to buying healthy food at the store. Because healthy food can be expensive, I liked the many money-saving tips. The book is more focused on the foods than the nutritional science behind their recommendations, but there are plenty of short tips and explanations. It’s packed with photos of food, so read on an empty stomach at your peril!

I skipped through a few of the sections, such as many snacks, candy, frozen meals, and energy drinks, since I rarely if ever consume those. The book
Ana Mardoll
Eat This, Not That: Supermarket Edition / 978-1-60529-838-2

If you don't know the first thing about trans fats, or the difference between organic produce and non-organic product, or how to read nutrition labels in general, then this is a really wonderful place to start. The format is engaging and easy to digest - you can parcel this out in small reading chunks, or just consume it from front to back, with a notepad handy to take notes.

However, for veteran foodies, there's literally nothing new her
This was my favorite of the series. Unfortunately, the series is VERY repetitive so just read the one you think is most applicable & skip the others. I think this version (supermarket guide) or the general one is the best unless you really eat out tons (then read the restaurant guide).

Quick, brisk reading with mostly pictures. A lot of it was obvious or expected, but there were a few surprises on certain processed items that are really bad. (Basically look at sugar, salt & trans fat). I
Frankly, I was disappointed. I've read several articles from "Eat This, Not That" on various websites so when I came across the book in the library, I thought I would try it out. Most of the time the authors are giving the reader the lesser of the two evils and they admit that ice cream bars aren't really healthy. They also compared items like Cliff bars and Lara bars. I am sure the average consumer is "that" dumb and doesn't realize that these particular foods are NOT meant for everyday consump ...more
Picked this up on a whim because it was on my library's new book list, along with the Restaurant survival guide.

I really love this book. Not only does it tell you what you should/shouldn't eat, it tells you why. It's not, "This is bad for you." It's "This has trans fat, this has 800 calories, this is the same thing as sucking the fat from your stomach and then swallowing it back down."

Okay, I just squicked myself out with that.

I was feeling pretty good about myself and my shopping choices, and
Not really a health book since it's mostly about processed food and breezes over the actual healthy food at a supermarket. If you pay attention to your food at all this will be review. Read labels every now and then and you won't really need this book.
Hilary Roberts
I learned that reading food labels will keep you on top of the game! I do this a lot so was not surprised by many things I found out. I did realize, however, that I often don't take the time to read labels in the frozen section -- so that's where I found my most surprises. A few things in the book I really liked: 1) A section that lists fruits and veggetables along with how to pick them, their peak season, and what nutrition they provide. 2) A visual showing which fruits you should actually buy ...more
IF YOU LIVE IN AMERICA, you NEED to read this book!
This book is INCREDIBLE! It is amazing the things that we are led to believe about the foods we eat. "Natural" means absolutely nothing and ANY food manufacturer can label their food as such. The FDA has no criteria for "natural" and it is unbelievable of the items such as maggots, insect fragments and rodent hairs are legally allowed in our foods by the FDA.
I learned SO much from this book!
And for those of you who think as my dad does that t
I picked this up as a fun read for a road trip. Wow - it has changed my life. Before this, I thought I ate fairly healthy - I ate produce, I ate low-fat, I didn't eat pre-made freezer meals, etc. This book opened my eyes to what I was really eating. Food is not what it is advertised to be and I had no idea. I've started reading ingredient lists and not just relying on what the packaging said. I pay attention to more than just fat grams. I'm becoming more aware of how horribly I've been eating an ...more
First of all, from artist geek standpoint: amazing graphic design on this! Hats off to whoever was behind the design on this book because it is beautiful to look at. This book is really well-organized and full of great information that anyone could find helpful, from people already well-versed in nutrition/food health to those who know nothing and are just looking for some easy swaps. The only reason I take a star off is because of how the book attempts to market itself as a weight loss solution ...more
Before I read this book I just looked at calorie counts... this has showed me that I should look at grains, sugar, and fat too. I don't really buy a lot of frozen meals or processed food, besides cereal and snacks, and this has definitely steered me away from buying a lot of them. Also, I'm never drinking soda or canned ice tea ever again.

One thing that I feel is missing is that the processed items I buy aren't in the book. I know it can't cover everything, but as a reference book it isn't that
Kristal Cooper
My mother said this was outstanding when she gave it to me years ago -- and mamas don't lie! This book was eye-opening. I wrote out a shopping list as I read through and I truly believe that my family will be healthier and happier for the hundred small substitutions. And the book isn't just about one name brand vs. another. It includes great info about fruits and veggies, types of meats, spices... how to store and use each, plus their nutritional values. There's also a very helpful list at the e ...more
A lot of SUPER information in this book that really makes you think and shows you a bunch of different sides and views on foods as well as how much the food industry has changed over the years. This was an excellent book if you are looking for information on the contents in your food!
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