Friday, February 20, 2015

Book Review: This is What You Put in Your Mouth? by Patrick Di Justo


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Three Rivers Press, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


From Eggnog to Beef Jerky, the Surprising Secrets of what we eat and put on/in our bodies!


This is What You Put in Your Mouth? cover


Synopsis:

Based on Wired’s most popular column, an irreverent, informative look at the shocking, disgusting, and dumbfounding ingredients found in the products we put in and on our bodies, from Cadbury Creme Eggs to Axe deodorant.

Wired writer Patrick Di Justo examines the inner workings of everything from WD-40 and Cool Whip to baby formula and Miracle-Gro and reports his findings in the magazine’s “What’s Inside” column (also its most popular). With rigorous research and sarcastic wit, he explains what each ingredient does, what its side effects are, other uses it may have, and how it interacts with the rest of the ingredients to make ordinary household products do what they do. The results are shocking, disgusting, and even dumbfounding.

This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth will be a collection of the best columns from the magazine, along with more than 10 new pieces, rounded out by the stories of the wacky experiences he’s had while doing his research—for example, obtaining heroin with the help of a police officer, or tracking down a condiment heir via Facebook to get information about a special ingredient.


Review:
Oh for the days of our grandparents, when we did NOT have to worry about what we ate! Not today- now we have to worry about gmos, fruit that never browns, and what we may be giving out kids in their favorite snack food. Once you read this lively book from Patrick, you may swear to the organic crowd forever! Seriously. I don't think I can touch Cool Whip (Wax? and Polysorbate 60, antifreeze precursor) or  A-1 Sauce (berried from the Nighshade family. shudder...) ever again! I will spend the extra 15 minutes making whipped cream, thank you! Now coffee. Well, I try to stick with Fair Trade, so I'm sticking with the 'what I didn't see I don't know about", as that chapter couldn't make me love it less...I am however 100% happy I do NOT get the annual flu shot- not only does it have traces of chicken egg, it has formaldehyde (ewwwww I know!) and gellatin from animal collagen. Shudder, and you want to add those to your body?

This book is SO easy to read you may find yourself halfway through it before you realize it. You will also find yourself wanting to call, text, tweet, Facebook all the facts you've learned, and then stopping yourself, as asking "do I really want to freak out my friends and family, and have them MAD at ME? Hmmmm, maybe I just need to tell them to read the book....Yeah, that's the plan!" Once you have read this book, reading a food label is not so simple. 

You'll know what you are REALLY looking at, and you may just find yourself staying in the organic aisle to shop. I urge everybody to read this book and to wake up to how much our food and daily products have changed and are now made. You won't regret reading the book!

About the Author:

PATRICK DI JUSTO is the author of Wired’s most popular column, “What’s Inside.” A contributor to the New Yorker’s science blog, “Elements,” he also writes for Gizmodo, Popular Science, and Dwell, among others..

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