What is really in some of the products most people do not think twice about popping in their mouth? Does a Slim Jim meat stick have meat in it? What is Cool Whip? If I Can't Believe It's Not Butter is not butter, what is it? What are you chewing when you eat gum? Di Justo takes a look at what is really in products we eat, and it is often surprising what people are willing to eat.
I was intersted in this book because I care about eating healthy, and was curious to discover what food items were included in this book. I liked the variety of products discussed, everything from Egg Nog to heroin was covered. There is a section for items you don't put in your mouth that covers products such as: deodorant, mascara, fabric softener, and shampoo.
The format of the book was to say the name of the product, explain what the ingredients are and what they are commonly used for, and the backstory. I liked that there was a breakdown of the ingredients, that is very helpful if you do not know what something is, or what else it is used for. Although I thought there could have been more clear explanations or connections made at some points. The backstory could be interesting, but I felt that there was a lack of information at some points. I found it fascinating how difficult it could be for the author to talk to some companies about their product. I wish there had been more than a page for most of the items where the author talked about the product, his research, and why it might not be the greatest idea to use some of these things.
I wanted to like this book, but I could not really engage with the information. I think if it had been presented in a different way I would have liked this book more. If you are looking for a book of random facts this will be great for you. If you are looking for a book to help you understand what you are eating with in depth explanations, you should chose a different book.
I read this as an ebook on my Nook. It seemed to work fine for the most part. A couple of the back stories did not appear at the end of a section as was typical, but in the middle of the ingredient list. I am not certain if that was intentional or an error. A few of the products did not have back stories, but again, that could have been intentional.
**I received a free copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review**
*Receiving a free copy of this book does not change my review. It simply provides me with a copy of a book sooner than I would have gotten to it, or a book I would not have heard about otherwise.