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Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide
Eat This Not That Supermarket Survival Guide
Author: David Zinczenko, Matt Goulding
Supermarket Survival Guide: Thousands of easy food swaps than can save you 10, 20, 30 pounds -- or more! — Eat all your favorite supermarket foods -- and watch the pounds disappear! 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 sma...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781605298382
ISBN-10: 1605298387
Publication Date: 12/23/2008
Pages: 336
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 163 ratings
Publisher: Rodale Books
Book Type: Paperback
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CocoCee avatar reviewed Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide on + 404 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
This is the latest of the Eat This, Not That series, publishing date 2009. I purchased this through PBS's link to Amazon. Every high gloss page had me going, "HUH!" Every supermarket food aisle is represented. Also included are shopping tips, recipes, and ingredients glossary. Very recommended, even at the Amazon price of $10.97!
cathyskye avatar reviewed Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide on + 2230 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
First Line: It can be a place of wonder and excitement, of bright shiny colors, delectable scents, and enticingly sweet delights.

I have to admit that I'd never heard of this book. Grocery shopping is one of my least favorite chores, and there's no way that I would agree with the first line I typed in above. Perhaps it's because I hate to cook. Perhaps it's because I've been in retail too long and I know too many marketing strategies aimed at having consumers do the wrong thing. However, after a visit to his doctor, my husband came home rabidly against carbonated soft drinks, and when I saw Eat This Not That! on a shelf in Target's book department, I opened it and immediately saw that it was packed full of things that I could use, not only to my husband's advantage, but to mine as well.

I think one of the reasons why I hate to grocery shop is that, in order to buy the right things, I have to spend an inordinate amount of time reading the blasted labels on everything. The Food and Drug Administration does very little to curb misleading information on food packaging. Ever read portion sizes? Hah! Do you believe labels when they tell you "Zero Trans Fat!"? Hah! Do you know the difference between "whole grain" and "multi grain"? (They both sound healthy, don't they?)

Eat This Not That and its author, David Zinczenko, will take a lot of guess work out of grocery shopping for you. The first part of the book explains what's happened to our food over the years. In many ways, it's not nearly as healthy as it used to be, and explanations are given. It doesn't make for comfortable reading, but it's certainly necessary reading.

The main part of the book is divided into sections just like a supermarket. One side of the page will show common items that are healthier to eat and give the reasons why they are, while the opposite side of the page will show more common items in the same category that are not healthy eating as well as why they aren't the best items to choose to eat.

Although the entire book wasn't eye-opening, many pages were, and I took several notes while I read. I've now passed the book on to Denis, so he can read it and understand why a few things are forever disappearing from the menu.

Eat This Not That is touted as a No Diet weight loss solution, and if you only have a couple of pounds to lose, have been eating healthy to begin with and get regular exercise, making the substitutions suggested in this book will help you to lose weight. (Denis and I have already lost a few pounds.) If you have a lot of weight to lose, it's going to take more than the substitutions this book suggests. But you knew that already, didn't you?

After reading Zinczenko's book, the major thing I took from it was how the companies that give us such a wide variety of food to put on our tables are allowed to lie...and it's all perfectly legal. It made me angry--almost to the point where I wanted to be a modern-day Carrie Nation and stomp into the nearest grocery store carrying a hatchet. Since I'd probably do myself a mischief with the hatchet, I'll make my point with my wallet while I try to see what can be done about forcing companies to put the truth on their packaging instead of lies that can kill us.

No matter how much you think you know about the food in your local grocery store, you owe it to yourself and your family to read this book. You can also click on the author's name at the top of this post to visit the Eat This website to sign up for newsletters and to read more information.
reviewed Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide on
Helpful Score: 5
I have this book and it's one of my favorite books I've ever bought. I eat from the supermarket a lot and it's a lot of work to read labels on everything and their comparible products. I have learned a lot from this book and recommend you give it a try. As Ellen Degeneres says of the book - Eat This Not That "Is gonna freak the weight right off you!"
Skook avatar reviewed Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
If you already read the ingredients and nutritional values of your food, this is not the book for you.
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Helpful Score: 2
I liked this book because I'm a visual person and it was full of easy to remember pictures.
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vickiwhi avatar reviewed Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide on + 11 more book reviews
Very helpful information. I have almost all his books in the ETNT series. Some repeats but that doesn't hurt since it does need to be ingrained in my brain LOL Very helpful to learn about different foods as far was what to eat and what not to eat and the comparisons
coolgirl avatar reviewed Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide on + 9 more book reviews
This book is really informative. I'm changing the way I am eating because it is telling me what is the best food for me. I'm learning a lot.
pengwen603 avatar reviewed Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide on + 36 more book reviews
Love this book! My 7 year old reads it all the time! I often have to look for the book in his room! It really helps me make decisions on the right foods. My son enjoys finding foods that he likes on the eat this side and is bummed when some of his favorite items are on the not that list. I also have this same book for kids foods, too!


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