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Eat This Not That! for Kids!: Be the Leanest, Fittest Family on the Block! Paperback – August 19, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (August 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160529943X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605299433
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description
It's no secret that children are getting fatter: 17% of this country's youth are overweight or obese, and the number of diabetic children has nearly quadrupled in the past thirty years. Now, to help combat the problem, David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men's Health, and co-author Matt Goulding have created Eat This, Not That! for Kids. This must-have guide for concerned parents offers detailed analysis and nutritional tips on thousands of the most popular food choices for kids. Covering the best and worst options available at the most popular restaurants in the country as well as the healthiest—and most harmful—foods in the supermarket aisles, if kids are eating it, this book is probably analyzing it.

Other features include:
-Restaurant Report Cards on the best chain restaurants for your kids
-Drink This, Not That! for Kids
-The 20 Worst Kids’ Meals in America
-10 "Healthy" Foods that Aren't
-The 8 Foods You Should Feed Your Kid Every Day

Get Help Making Meals With Nutrition Guides From Eat This Not That For Kids (Click to Enlarge)






About the Author
DAVID ZINCZENKO, editor-in-chief of Men's Health magazine, is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Abs Diet and The Abs Diet for Women. Once an overweight child, Zinczenko has become one of the nation’s leading experts on health and fitness. He is a regular contributor to the Today show, and has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, and Primetime Live.
MATT GOULDING is the food and nutrition editor of Men's Health. He has cooked and eaten his way around the world, touching down in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he divides most of his time between computer and stovetop.

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Praise for Eat This, Not That! For Kids:
“We are learning so much [from Eat This, Not That! and Eat This, Not That! For Kids].”
-- Rachael Ray
 
“I love nutrition, I’ve gone to nutritionists, but putting it in this kind of stuff that we recognize in our everyday lives with our families, is truly educational. This is great.”
--Bonnie Hunt, host of The Bonnie Hunt Show
 
“I Think Eat This, Not That! is a brilliant book.”-Rachael Ray
 
 "You can still have fun, but there are alternatives."
--Al Roker, TODAY
 
“All-in-all, I found this to be a great little book and actually quite fun to read with its many pictures. With good knowledge in hand, the only other obstacle a parent faces is getting their kids motivated to carry out the advice in the book.”
--Amazon.com reviewer, Mark
 
“It is great that the book has easy to make substitutions and ideas to get the most nutrition you can out of a fast food meal. This is a great book for any family to keep in the car for those meals on the go. Everyone can make the most informed choice possible!”
--Amazon.com review, Ramona Ferguson
 
“I absolutely love this book. I thought I was making healthy food choices before (and I was, for the most part). But this book opened my eyes to some shockingly bad food choices I was making. It also surprised me to find out how deceptively some food was marketed as healthy when it was anything but. (Organic "health food" cereal with as much sugar as a soda, for instance .. who would have thought??!!!)  I'm so glad I bought it .. you will be, too!  I was so impressed that I even bought extra for other family members!.”
--Amazon.com review, E. Heyn

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DAVID ZINCZENKO is the New York Times bestselling author of Cook This, Not That! and The New Abs Diet. He is former editor in chief of Men's Health. Once an overweight child, Zinczenko has become one of the nation's leading experts on health and fitness. He is a regular contributor to ABC News and has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, Primetime Live, 20/20, The Rachael Ray Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Customer Reviews

Very informative book, well done and easy to read.
fast food fetish
It is great that the book has easy to make substitutions and ideas to get the most nutrition you can out of a fast food meal.
ramona crawford
THis book has great information and is very helpful for people trying to make better eating choices.
Denise Amundson

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 20, 2008
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In parenting as in life, it's all about making good decisions. The trick is knowing which choices are the right ones. This small colorful book tells you very simply which food choices are the right ones. It not only tells you, but also shows you with hundreds of color photos. Although it is supposedly for kids, the information is useful -- and fascinating -- for anyone.

We've all heard the scary statistics about the rise in obesity, especially in children. Food marketers are doing everything they can to keep that trend alive. According to the Federal Trade Commission, kids ages 2 to 11 will see 26,000 TV ads this year, 22 percent of them marketing food. "The message -- that junk food equals instant happiness -- is one that sticks with a child for all his life." Eat This Not That! gives sound advice on how to combat this problem.

The first chapter has eight simple rules for kids and families to follow:
Rule #1: Never Skip Breakfast. Ever.
Rule #2: Snack with Purpose. (A good idea: popcorn; not the kind saturated with butter and salt, but natural popcorn. Another good idea: Kids must ask permission for a snack, but never need permission to reach for a piece of fruit.)
Rule #3: Beware of Portion Distortion. (A good idea: Buy smaller bowls and cups.)
Rule #4: Drink Responsibly. (A good idea: Keep cold, filtered water in a pitcher in the fridge.)
Rule #5: Eat More Foods and Fewer Science Experiments. (A good rule of thumb: The shorter the ingredient list, the healthier the food.)
Rule #6: Set the Table (A good idea: Keep mealtimes as structured as possible.)
Rule #7: Kick the Sugar Habit. (A good idea: Eliminate foods with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup at the top of the ingredient list.)
Rule #8: Eat the Rainbow.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By ramona crawford on September 15, 2008
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I bought the kids version of Eat This, Not That because I regularly eat kids meals at restaurants. My theory was, if its for kids, the calories have to be less and the portions better controlled, right? No!

This book showed me that not only do the kids meals often have just as many if not more as the adult meals, but in the wrong combinations and can quite bad for you.

For example, I often eat the PB&J at Panera Bread, with the squeeze yogurt on the side. Organic peanut butter and grape jelly, organic yogurt...what could go wrong? 470 calories, 17g fat and 19 grams of sugar is crazy!
Who knew that McNuggets are better for you than the hamburger in a Happy Meal? Not me.

It is great that the book has easy to make substitutions and ideas to get the most nutrition you can out of a fast food meal. This is a great book for any family to keep in the car for those meals on the go. Everyone can make the most informed choice possible!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By MAIN on July 12, 2009
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This book, like the original is entertaining, but not exactly the best nutritional advice. It is important that the reader understand that the Author of both of these books compares similar products and decides which is better between the two. That being said, something listed in the "Not That" page such as Danimals Yogurt on pg 169, is not necessarily worse to eat then the Nacho Doritos on page 186 listed under "Eat This". If you understand the authors intent, this book may help you to choose between two very similar products. Realize, however, that "Good" and "Bad" are relative in relation to the two particular products being compared.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Heyn on September 18, 2008
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I absolutely love this book. I thought I was making healthy food choices before (and I was, for the most part). But this book opened my eyes to some shockingly bad food choices I was making. It also surprised me to find out how deceptively some food was marketed as healthy when it was anything but. (Organic "health food" cereal with as much sugar as a soda, for instance .. who would have thought??!!!)

I'm so glad I bought it .. you will be, too! I was so impressed that I even bought extra for other family members!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By scientific mom on September 19, 2008
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Maybe my review won't be as helpful for most people, but this is a great book for GAINING weight too. Two of my children have cystic fibrosis and need high fat, high calorie, high salt diets (they sweat out much of their salt which can cause heart problems).

I used this book to choose the "THAT" items for my CF kids, and the "THIS" items for my 3rd child who doesn't have it. It's great because it doesn't just focus on calories - also salt, fiber, vitamins, etc. We don't eat out a ton, so I anxiously await the "supermarket" version coming out in Dec.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grateful Reader on August 19, 2008
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Considering that our kids become what they eat, it is a wonder they do as well as they do. Somehow their muscles, bones, internal organs, and brains scavenge enough nutrition from the sugary, fatty, artificial foods they consume to sustain life. But they often are also launched into a life of poor health and obesity. If it were easy for parents to insure their children ate healthy diets, more would succeed. Eat This Not That for Kids gives parents the ideas and information they need to give their kids a fighting chance.

The book identifies a family's adversaries in the battle for nutritional health: restaurants, food companies, and marketers that often do not give priority to the dietary needs of young people, but appeal to their weaknesses. The authors deserve a lot of credit for boldly taking on these powerful adversaries and unmasking some of their worst offenses. At the same time the authors helpfully identify healthier choices, often available from the same companies. They equip you as the consumer to not be fooled by claims on the front of packages but to decipher the fine print on the back. They shift the focus from the moment food hits the mouth to the years it spends in the cells.

This is a guidebook that you will refer back to many times. The information is presented in a bright and fun way that will even interest young readers. Between the ratings and facts the authors provide many helpful tips, ideas, and insights exhibiting their understanding (and sympathy) for the challenges of the family food battle. I found virtually all of their advice to be wise and practical. They avoid prescriptions that may be technically correct but probably not acceptable to typical families that want to eat better without taking extreme measures.
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