In Defense of Food
An Eater's ManifestoLarge Print - 2008
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Who doesn't need to eat? With IN DEFENSE OF FOOD: AN EATER'S MANIFESTO (Penguin Press, $21.95), author Michael Pollan weaponizes our diets. Advocating for healthy, sustainable food choices (yeah, that steak ain't gonna cut it), he inspires us to do better, while tearing the factory food industry a new arse.
Real food -- the kind of food your great-grandmother would recognize as food - is being undermined by science on one side and the food industry on the other, both of whom want us focus on nutrients, good and bad, rather than actual plants, animals and fungi.
According to author Michael Pollan, the rise of "nutritionism" has vastly complicated the lives of American eaters without doing anything for our health, except possibly to make it worse. Nutritionism arose to deal with a genuine problem -- the fact that the modern American diet is responsible for an epidemic of chronic diseases, from obesity and type II diabetes to heart disease and many cancers -- but it has obscured the real roots of that problem and stood in the way of a solution.
In 200 pages, Pollan outlines the challenge and offers a straightforward manifesto -- "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." -- as well as practical advice on how to accomplish these deceptively simple goals.
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