Monday, November 9, 2009

In Defense of Food

Upon the recommendation of a friend, I read "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan. It is a very impactful piece of writing about the state of food in the US. The first section of the book introduces the concept of "nutritionism" which is the industrialization of our food. Mr. Pollan presents a clear and convincing history lesson for how we got into this mess. He then discusses the problems with the diet most American's consume. Lastly, and gratefully, he presents ideas on how to overcome nutritionism and the impact it has on the health of Americans.

Mr. Pollan includes a simple list of things each of us can do to improve the positive impact our food can have on our bodies. I'll resist the temptation to include the list here so you'll have further encouragement to read his book.

And, I'll leave you with one important thought. Most of what we eat is not actually food. Sadly the vast majority of "food" people consume are chemicals designed to pretend they are food. The best thing you can do for your health and the health of your loved ones is to eat actual, real food. How can you tell? One simply rule: If it comes in a box - it is not food.

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