Eat This, Not That! by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding

Eat_thisAs Americans, we’re among the most well-fed people on the planet.  Unfortunately, by well-fed, I mean that many of us eat a lot, not that we make the best nutritional choices.  In fact, two-thirds of US adults are now overweight and the obesity rate has increased 50% since 1960.  But who can blame us?  Our options are over-whelming!  Dozens of restaurants line every major thoroughfare and hundreds of selections can be found on each grocery store aisle.  What we really need is some guidance to help us make better choices. 

Although not a traditional diet book, the principle behind Eat This, Not That! is to cut empty calories and add in nutrition. By swapping out high fat, high calorie choices for similar but healthier alternatives, you can lose weight and improve your overall well-being.  For example, by comparing two well-known pizza delivery restaurants, you can save 100 calories and 10 grams of fat.  (Hint, the place with the red roof is not your best choice!)  The book begins with lists of the 8 foods you should eat every day and the 20 worst foods in America.  It compares entrees at dozens of popular restaurants and numerous options at the grocery store.  You’ll discover which fast food restaurants made the grade for low-cal fare and reasonable portion size.  Other chapters cover menu decoding, holidays and special occasions, beverages, what to eat for particular health or emotional issues, and nutritional guidelines for kids. 

This is not the type of book you normally read cover to cover, but I’ve been so fascinated by the wealth of valuable information that I’ve studied it far more than any college text book I’ve ever had.  In fact, I began by trying to make a few notes for myself and finally realized I needed to just buy my own copy of this book!  So, whether you’ve struggled with food issues or not, give this book a try.  You’ll be amazed at what you discover.

(Marya Ryals, Hemphill Library)

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