WHEN a gorgeous celebrity writes a book about how to have a better life, it's easy to be sceptical. After all they're rich, good-looking and probably have household help.
But actor, activist and entrepreneur Jessica Alba's new book The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You has some really practical advice about how to live healthier and cleaner that will help anyone to enjoy a better life
As a new mum, she says she wanted to create the safest environment possible for her family and set out to find trustworthy information about the foods we eat, the household products we use and much more.
Jessica says: "I decided to write this book because I was sick of being told that healthy, safe and eco means boring, beige and blah, not to mention crazy expensive and hard to find."
Throughout the book she provides easy-to-follow guides and information on subjects ranging from genetically modified foods, trans fats, artificial sweeteners and petrochemicals to cosmetic ingredients like formaldehyde, toluene and mercury.
There's also advice for DIY baby food, party food, homemade beauty products and non-toxic interior design.
What's particularly good is her list of Dishonest Ingredients, that gives a detailed and clear list of the potential toxins in laundry detergents, cookware, canned goods and more and advice about what to do about it.
For example, she says that optical brighteners in some laundry detergent can not only cause rashes and allergic reactions; they may be hormone disruptors.
And they're toxic to fish.
Skin lighteners or anti-aging creams that contain hydroquinone can affect your immune system and reproductive health, too, says Jessica, who has researched the subject of safety heavily with international experts, whom she credits at the end.
One result of her research into healthier living, besides the book, is The Honest Company, a monthly service that offers baby and home products that are safer, non-toxic, affordable and beautifully designed.
The good the bad and the ugly
(Highest in pesticides - buy these organic instead)
- Red peppers
- Green beans
- Kale beans
(Lowest in pesticides)
- Snow peas
- Sweet potatoes