Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide

10 Feb

The other day I was at my parents house when my mom showed me this really cool book she had picked up and I happened to see it again at Borders at The Florida Mall on Saturday so I picked it up. The book is called “Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide” and is available at your local book stores or online.

Amazon tells me that there are three versions of this book. The original which concentrates on eating out, a kids version specially designed for making the right choices for children and finally the one I got, which focuses on what to buy at your local supermarket.

In addition to basic tips about avoiding over processed foods it also tells you the best fish/fruit/meat cuts to get. Many of the hints have to do with products that are labeled healthy but really aren’t so much. One surprising fact that is on the back cover is the fact that if you chose to eat Rice Krispies Treats over Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars you would cut your sugar and calorie intake  nearly in half!

Let that sink in.

The first thing I have learned from this book is that it is imperative to read the nutrition facts on boxes, because most of the so called “healthy” processed foods aren’t.

The book starts out by giving you a basic overview of how to use the supermarket then continues to go through each part of the supermarket one section at a time. Each section has surprising tips and hints to get the healthiest food and bang for the buck.

There are also pictures of what they call “The Perfect…” like “The Perfect Refrigerator”:

Each item is listed on the sides (in the bubbles)

Each item is listed on the sides (in the bubbles)

Each of those bubbles has the nutritional stats for each item and a quick reason for why you should have that item in your fridge. There is also pages with “The Perfect Pantry,” “The Perfect Freezer” and “The Perfect Spice Rack.” Some very interesting stuff there!

My favorite part of the book is where it gets its name! The “Eat This, Not That!” sections.


The tortillas, pitas and wraps page!

Much like “The Perfect Refrigerator” pages each and every item has a little blurb. One thing you have to realize is that each of these items are put head to head with each other. This is because pita’s are different than tortillas, but everything is color coded so you can see the comparisons. Here is the condiment page:



Each one of these sets has one “featured” match up and those always appear in the yellow bubbles. Again, this isn’t about a diet, this is about choosing what you normally eat BETTER.

The book concentrates on the obvious numbers like calories and fat, but also brings up sugar levels, trans-fat and the crazy chemicals that we find in many processed foods. One tidbit I found was funny was that Dean’s Guacamole contains less than 2% avocado! Check out this page about a lawsuit over Dean’s “Guacamole” and notice that it is labeled as “Guacamole Flavored Dip.” I already used some of my knowledge and picked up Kraft’s Mayo with Olive Oil. Tasty stuff!

This is a great guide for those of us struggling to shed off a few pounds! Check out the Amazon links for the best deals (I can find) on these books!

3 Responses to “Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide”

  1. infijess February 10, 2009 at 9:49 am #

    Yay for Book Review!!!

    Yay for eating Healthy!!

    Joe gets 2 thumbs up today!!

  2. Kati February 10, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    I actually looked through the “eating out” version at our weekend conference. Very interesting. Needless to say I’m eating almost all the wrong stuff!


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