The Woodlands, TX (PRWEB) April 23, 2013
The Pantry Principle, How to Read the Label and Understand What’s Really in Your Food by Mira Dessy presents a thorough and engaging exploration of the opportunities and perils of processed foods that fill American grocery stores. It guides readers through the grocery store maze, complete with lessons in reading nutrition labels and establishing food budgets, ending with a lesson in a “pantry makeover.”
Written by Mira Dessy, a Texas-based nutrition educator, The Pantry Principle offers a comprehensive guide to choosing healthful convenience foods, meat, produce, grains, and dairy products. The book teaches the reader to decipher nutrition labels on processed foods and uncover potentially harmful ingredients. It explores the dangers of manufactured ingredients, artificial sweeteners, additives, food colorings, genetically modified foods, and more. It shares ways to learn which convenience foods are safe and beneficial to eat. It empowers readers to stock their pantries with foods that are both healthful and convenient.
“Most people who walk into a grocery store think that all the edible-appearing products on the shelves are food,” said Dessy. “The truth is that many of them are not. Frequently these items contain ingredients that have the potential to be harmful to your health.”
The Pantry Principle is an essential food primer, offering readers a path to upgrading their food choices one step at a time. It first presents seven simple rules for evaluating ingredients on food labels, such as “If you have to look it up, don’t eat it.” The book then explains the hazards of various food ingredients, shares guidelines to evaluate food already purchased, suggests ways to wisely allocate a grocery budget, presents cooking techniques, and offers more than two dozen delicious recipes specially created for the book, from condiments to cookies, all made with “real food” ingredients.
Dessy is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, the Society of Nutrition Education, the American Holistic Health Association, and the Weston A. Price Foundation. She speaks frequently to laypeople and nutrition professionals on how to navigate the grocery store’s mammoth packaged food stock, to decipher those confusing food labels, and to choose healthy convenience foods. Dessy says everybody is different and there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to optimal health. Using this health concept of “bio-individuality,” she consults with clients to help them identify and resolve their unique health concerns, primarily through emphasis on a healthy lifestyle, whole foods, and occasional nutritional supplements if needed.