Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I finally got my copy of "Eat this not that" by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding. It is the 2009 copy, The new 2010 copy is available on the website . Just from reading this book over the last few days I plan on purchasing quite a few of their books. These books are awsome if you are somewhat dense on foods like I am. My oldest and I took this book to the grocery store last night with us, it has a huge section that shows actual pictures of products with nutritional info, one page eat this the other instead of this. A couple of things I learned that were quite scary to me were in the very back of the book it is an additive glossary. One that just made me sick was:

Cochineal Extract or Carmine-a pigment extracted from the dried eggs and bodies of the female Dactylopius coccus, a beetlelike insect that preys on cactus plants. It is added to food for its dark crimson color. Found in - Artificial crabmeat, fruit juices, frozen fruit snacks, candy and yogurt. What you need to know- Carmine is the refined coloring, while cocineal extract is compromised of about 90% insect-body fragments. Although the FDA receives fewer adverse reaction reports each year, some organizations are asking for a mandatory warning label to accompany cohineal colored foods. Vegetarians, they say, should be forewarned about the insect juices.

Ok , this makes me nauseous.

Some other quick facts from the book is a section called the wrong kind of protein.
Bonus ingredients the FDA allows in foods.
Canned pineapple-20% moldy fruit
Canned tomatoes- 5 fly eggs or 2 maggots per 500 grams
Frozen broccoli- 60 mites per 100 grams
Ground cinnamon- 400 insect fragments and 11 rodent hairs per 50 grams
Peanut butter- 30 insect fragments or 1 rodent hair per 100 grams
Popcorn- 1 rodent pellet in one sample or 2 rodent hairs per pound.
Potato chips, 6 percent rotten potatoes.

If you are trying to eat more healthy or wanting to avoid these horrible things I suggest you read this book. Their website has some great information too. This book really changed the way we shopped last night. Hope this helps with finding good healthy food for your family. I am on a mission to feed non gmo organic healthy non insect juice food to my family. And the good news is that there are a ton of websites to print coupons for these items that are in the grocery store. Just do a google search for organic printable coupons. Good luck all, Michelle


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great read. May have to get one for myself. Although, sometimes I wonder if I want to really "know" .... LOL

Hope you are well.


frugalredneck said...

jayce, I was thinking the same thing, Maybe I don't want to know, But I am glad I know now lol I am doing ok I guess. As well as can be expected I am in my anger stage and not dealing well with that so much lol oh well onward and upward!!! Thanks for asking michelle