The title grabbed my interest, I'll admit it. What's not to like about food? And why would someone need to defend it - unless it's your private stash of chocolate?
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, by Michael Pollan, is an interesting defense of "real" food - the kind of food that is not processed or boxed with an interestingly long list of ingredients on the side. He argues that the standard American diet has been over-processed and buried under additives. Americans, he says, have been made sicker - not more healthy - by the requirements of the nutrient-by-nutrient analysis and advice regarding what nutrient we need more of. Mr. Pollan might just have something here. I even liked his solution: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Keeping it simple is usually good advice.
Check it out, then check out your basket at the supermarket.
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto