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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
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Paperback, 319 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Rodale Books (first published December 23rd 2008)
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Philitsa
Mar 29, 2009 Philitsa rated it it was amazing
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Crystal
Feb 07, 2009 Crystal rated it it was amazing
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
Sara
Apr 02, 2014 Sara rated it liked it
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.
Grace
Apr 14, 2009 Grace rated it really liked it
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
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Laura
Mar 24, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, nonfic, read-in-2009
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
Gretchen
Apr 24, 2012 Gretchen rated it really liked it
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
Joella www.cinjoella.com
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
Jenne
May 08, 2009 Jenne rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, reviewed
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
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Janey
Feb 20, 2015 Janey rated it really liked it
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
Natalie
Oct 27, 2009 Natalie rated it it was amazing
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
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Katherine Totten
Apr 21, 2010 Katherine Totten rated it really liked it
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
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Clarice
Mar 16, 2014 Clarice rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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.
Madelyn
Jul 12, 2016 Madelyn rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed flipping through the pages of this easy read to see how my choices stack up with their healthier swaps. The graphic-focused style helps to put their points into better perspective with what you already have on your shelf at home. I especially enjoy the "Label Decoder" sections of each chapter that help to explain some of the industry lingo.

My only beef with this book is that the author often chooses higher-calorie foods over low-calorie foods because of various other nutrients found
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Melinda Cloud
Nov 21, 2013 Melinda Cloud rated it really liked it
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.
Jubilation Lee
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
Aug 01, 2010 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
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
May 12, 2012 Naomi Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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 liked it
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
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Ana Mardoll
Mar 05, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it liked it
Shelves: ana-reviewed
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
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Kristen
Mar 14, 2011 Kristen rated it liked it
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
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Princess
Jun 01, 2013 Princess rated it it was ok
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
Bunny
Jun 26, 2010 Bunny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-10
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
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Andrea
May 18, 2014 Andrea rated it it was ok
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
Oct 11, 2009 Hilary Roberts rated it liked it
Shelves: health
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
Meg
Mar 16, 2013 Meg rated it it was amazing
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
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Nancee
Jul 31, 2013 Nancee rated it really liked it
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
Mark
May 14, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it
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
Stephanie Sloane
Apr 03, 2016 Stephanie Sloane rated it really liked it
This book is so interesting and makes grocery shopping much easier! You could go crazy trying to analyze low-fat, low-sugar, fat-free, multi-grain, whole grain, etc., but this book explain which hoice is best and why.
Jill
Jan 30, 2016 Jill rated it liked it
The idea is to lose weight by substituting bad food X for good food Y. I was able to make a few good substitutions. I like the concept -- it's very clear -- eat THIS instead of THAT, with pictures and a description of why one food is good and another is bad.
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