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Subject: In Defense of Food Date: 2/21/2008 9:14 AM
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This is Michael Pollan's short (200p) follow up to his hit "The Omnivore's Dilemma."

It's not quite as good, or as fascinating, as Omnivore's Dilemma, but it does try to fill in Omnivore's main gap, which is, given the complexity of the modern food chain, how should you eat?

He starts with an examination of "nutritionism" and- a process where the food industry focuses on individual nutrients vice on food as a whole, and how this fad focus (High in Omega 3! Low in fat! No cholesterol!) may be depriving us of the actual nutritional value of food.

He also looks at the notion of the "Western Diet" - high in refined carbohydrates and processed foodstuffs, and how this creates nutrient poor food that is contributing to many of our collective problems.

Pollan then gets to his manifesto, proposes three main rules, and some subclauses (I'll try to remember some of the highlights here):

1. Eat food.
- Eat nothing that your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.
- Eat nothing that contains: More than five ingredients, anything unpronounceable, any ingredient you don't recognize, anything that contains high-fructose corn syrup
- Eat nothing that doesn't rot (i.e. twinkies)
2. Not too much. (ie eating until the plate is empty is not necessarily the way to go....)
3. Mostly plants. (general idea here...think of meat as a side dish, not a main course...support your local farmer's market...grow a garden...)

Anyway, again very interesting...I'd probably recommend read Omnivore's Dilemma first but "In Defense of Food" stands pretty well on its own.
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