In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

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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

Posted by Diane Schiller at 06/17/2008 12:58:22 PM