I promise not all of my posts are going to be about books, but I wanted to share some of the research materials that got me started in all this before I go on to other things. One night very early on in my food research, I came across a video of Robyn O’Brien speaking about the food industry in the United States. It was scary! I picked up a copy of her book shortly after and read about how our food has been genetically engineered and all sorts of artificial things were lurking in it. When I thought about it, I did remember reading “naturally and artificially flavored” on a number of packaged foods that I’d eaten, but had never dwelled on what that meant I was putting into my body. Artificial…that means fake. When I ate foods with artificial ingredients, not everything I was eating was real!? What in the world!?
The next time I went to the grocery store, I read the ingredients on everything I picked up. But at this point, I didn’t know what was good and what was bad, so it was all a little terrifying. I think on that shopping trip I picked up a lot of things from the produce section. But I knew I couldn’t live off fruits and vegetables for the rest of my life. So I had to continue researching to know what to look for and what to avoid. I hope with this blog I’ll be able to break down and explain what some of the ingredients are in our foods, both good and bad, and that you’ll be more prone to look at ingredient lists on your next trip to the grocery store.
The following information about this book is taken from Robyn O’Brien’s website: http://www.robynobrien.com/books.html
The Unhealthy Truth:
How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It
In a first-person story as shocking as it is inspirational, The Unhealthy Truth published in May 2009 by Random House, reveals the alarming relationship between the manipulation of our food and both the increase in dangerous allergies in our children as well as the increase in cancers in our families—and offers a road map to healthy living.
Robyn O’Brien is an unlikely candidate for a crusade. A Houston native from a conservative family, this MBA and married mother of four was not someone who gave much thought to what went on inside government agencies or about the additives and chemicals in our food. Until the day her youngest daughter had a violent allergic reaction to eggs, and everything changed.
The Unhealthy Truth is both the story of how one brave woman chose to take on the system and a call to action that shows how each of us can do our part and keep our own families safe. O’Brien turns to accredited research conducted in Europe that confirms the toxicity of America’s food supply, and investigates the relationship between Big Food and Big Money that has ensured that the United States is one of the only developed countries in the world to allow hidden toxins in our food—toxins that are increasingly being blamed for the alarming recent increases in allergies, A.D.H.D., cancer, and asthma among our children.
“The information that Robyn has uncovered in this book is so astonishing and has such powerful implications on the health of our nation’s children, I almost don’t want to believe it. THE UNHEALTHY TRUTH is a call to action. The information you are about to read will change your life.” —Dr. Bob Sears, leading pediatrician and author of THE VACCINE BOOK
Featuring recipes and an action plan for weaning your family off of these dangerous ingredients one step at a time The Unhealthy Truth is a must-read for every parent—and for every concerned citizen—in America today.
Robyn O’Brien is the founder of AllergyKids. She has been featured in the New York Times and has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, and the CBS Early Show and Evening News, most recently in Labels Matter by Robert Kenner who directed Food Inc. She lives with her family in Boulder, Colorado.