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In Defense of Food An Eater's ManifestoE corner and then head to the interior for grains beans condiments and spices Pollan doesn t want us to eat anything with than 5 ingredients on the label So no prepared spaghetti sauce salsa fortified soymilk or curry paste all of which are perfectly healthful foods that play a central role in my diet Of course I understand the spirit behind this and all of his recommendations he wants us to slow down cook from scratch use whole food ingredients fewer manufactured foods He s a big fan of the Slow Food Association for whom he is a freuent speaker and which he admits can sometimes sound like an elitist club for foodies I m thinking this has something to do with the fact that it is an elitist club for foodies as a uick peek at their website shows Slowing down to cook and eat and enjoy food are good things but there has to be room for a little bit of compromise and a sense of reality There is nothing wrong with eating pasta sauce from a jar or frozen vegetables or my favorite convenience food and I ll defend it to my death butternut suash soup from a box It s the way many busy responsible people cook and it s a perfectly healthful and acceptable way to eat I was disappointed that his entire discussion of the ethics of food choices fit into one single parenthetical sentence plus a footnote This from the man who wrote The Omnivore s Dilemma and who debated ethics with Peter Singer and lost the debate I realize this isn t what this book is about but Pollan nows far better than most people the true cost in terms of animal suffering and environmental destruction of animal food production When he talks about how to eat he is obligated to speak to that issue at least a little bit Pollan s opening mantra eat food not too much mostly plants is good advice There are other snippets of good advice in this book For me it was all greatly overwhelmed by faulty and uninformed reasoning the unnecessarily restrictive reuirements for food choices and the great amount of misinformation All in all a disappointing book At least it was short a little shorter than my review I think 4 Another informative entertaining audio on my lake walks Included in his final recommendations of what to consume a glass of wine with dinner I really like this guy I hated reading this book And that s sad because I agree with his basic premise Just eat real food Not too much Mostly plants And I would add try and get off your ass once in awhile But this book was excrutiating to read I read the first 50 pages gave up and went to the last section on his very basic food rules gave up again His language was all black and white with blanket condemnations and blanket recommendations ironic since that s what he condemn In the Buddhist tradition there is a level of hell whereby the dead nown as hungry ghosts are trapped with enormous stomachs and tiny throats unable to swallow anything but the smallest bites of food Their particular brand of torture is that they are always eating and yet their hunger is never satisfied These hungry ghosts sound an awful lot like the modern American eater trapped in the unhealthy western diet demonized in Michael Pollan s In Defense of Food An Eater s Manifesto You may be surprised that anyone felt they needed to defend food since we all rely on it to survive But Pollan makes a clear distinction between the processed food like substances that fill our grocery aisles in glistening packages and real foods like fruits vegetables whole grains and unprocessed natural foods Pollan argues that we eat way too much of the fake stuff ignoring the foods that our bodies actually need Like the hungry ghosts we just never feel satisfied At a clipping pace Pollan examines both the field of nutritional science and the industrialization of food to show the reader just how we got to our particular brand of hell Then thankfully he offers us a way outInstead of being hungry ghosts Pollan tells us we can practice thoughtful consumption He argues that the onslaught of nutritional science has taken the expertise out of the itchen and into the laboratory and too often isolates nutritional elements from the whole food that bore it Any of us who eep up on nutritional trends will be shaking our heads when he discusses the familiar irritation of being told this week to eat one thing and avoid another only to be told later that we had it right the first time Instead of offering us a new trend in dieting his solutions are both revolutionary and literally as old as time Eat food Not too much Mostly plants Pollan argues we should eat like our ancestors before diabetes and heart disease reigned supreme and before high fructose corn syrup became popular to the American consumer than television Despite the dire evidence he presents in the book his voice remains jocular and never dips into pessimism though I did as a reader once or twiceEven if you are not a health nut Pollan makes a good argument for adopting his method of eating The benefit of this thoughtful consumption is than nutritional The eater will be practicing a

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of environmental optimal health and respect for the time reuired to grow and prepare the food necessary for life The book addictive as those processed foods Pollan does such a powerful job of damning is difficult to put down in part because you don t want to stop to eat anything until you now what you are supposed in part because you don t want to stop to eat anything until you now what you are supposed eat after all The only caveat is that In Defense of Food offers so little compromise between the western lifestyle and the lifestyle Pollan reuires the eater to adopt which just may be the reality of the current food paradigm Maybe eating well is a revolutionary act in these times of microwavable meals and fast food paragons When you buy food it is no longer a given that it is real food and you may have to be willing to make some major changes in your lifestyle to get the real food back onto your table and into your stomach. Louent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy and bring pleasure back to eati.
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E food systemWe are overfed and undernourishedUSDA figures show a decline in the nutrient content of the forty three crops it has tracked since the 1950sThe Food Industry releases 17000 new food products every year and spends 32 billion a year marketing them There are boxed breakfast cereals with bright labels proudly claiming their health benefits while fruits and vegetables in the produce section have no such marks Pollan advises to be wary of any product that has to advertise its health benefits Shouldn t anything you put in your body be good for youPollan elouently and intelligently provides some rationale to this sick world of contemporary food consumption that is a nefarious web of collusion with straightforward advice A whole food might be than the sum of its nutrient parts There is now abundant scientific evidence for the health benefits of alcohol to go with a few centuries of traditional belief and anecdotal evidence Mindful of the social and health effects of alcoholism public health authorities are loath to recommend drinking but the fact is that people who drink moderately and regularly live longer and suffer considerably less heart disease than teetotalers Thank godAnd Pollan spends the final third of his book offering sensible solutions to combat the Chicken Littles of Nutritionism and the fallacies of Food Science that expand upon his basic thesis to Eat food Not too much Mostly plants that will leave you feeling prepared to combat the hucksters and rubes of the contemporary food industry Those bastards Michael Pollan is absolutely on to something with his central thesis namely that the American diet has been taken over by edible foodlike substances ie hyper processed I am conflicted about this book On the one hand I agree with Pollan s thesis food science has not served us well over the past 100 years and we really should Eat Food Not too much Mostly plants I believe that partially because of Pollan s arguments and the revelatory reporting he did for The Omnivore s Dilemma but mostly because I ve studied biology and have at least a limited idea of how complex human bodies and human food can be and how evolution may not have prepared us for TwinkiesOn the other hand Pollan s rhetoric was definitely fast and loose in this book He s an amazingly mellifluous persuasive writer but some portions were just bad reporting One example in attempting to demonstrate the ills of the Western diet he cites a study of Aboriginal Australians who suffered from a suite of Western diseases then decided to leave town and return to a huntergatherer life in the bush Their diseases disappeared and they became healthy and lo Pollan blames the Western diet What There are than a few confounding factors there including amount of exercise sleep sunlight air uality mental health etc And this was after several cases in which Pollan critiued nutritionists for falling victim to the same basic fallacy correlation is not necessarily causationThere are several other similar examples many of which cite studies that may very well prove his points but for which he doesn t cite enough of the evidence to be bulletproofThe other main problem with this book to which Pollan readily admits but doesn t resolve is his simultaneous critiue and reliance upon reductionist science If food is so complex that we should despair of science s ability to explain it to us why does he spend so long discussing the latest research praising the benefits of omega 3 fats I now he doesn t actually think science is intrinsically incapable of revealing truths about food but his rhetoric definitely has an anti scientific air that I can see fueling irrational zealotryOverall I Really Did Enjoy really did enjoy of the book Well Part III in which he gets proscriptive Pollan s most salient point if you actually read a book called In Defense of Food An Eater s Manifesto then your food system is badly brokenI think I ll look for an Orthorexics Anonymous group now Actually there is enough good material in this book that it probably warrants another star or two But I was so alarmed at the amount of misinformation here that one star is the best I can do Michael Pollan is right about some of the big stuff Nutrition research is badly flawed It has sometimes led us down the wrong road although it has also provided life saving findings The government is far too slow to change its recommendations and has strong ties to put it mildly to the food industry The same can be said of my own nutrition profession And obviously he is right that we should choose whole foods and engage in practices that help us appreciate food a useful perspective even if it isn t a particularly cutting edge one But for the most part Pollan s reasoning about nutrition and research was pretty unsophisticated and uninformed He carefully describes all of the reasons why nutrition research is flawed and then employs some of the worst examples of research animal studies and completely uncontrolled observational approaches to support his own arguments He uotes nutrition professionals whose credentials and opinions are uestionable at best Almost without exception his observations on nutrition are wrong sometimes subtly so sometimes overtly so and sometimes in ways that are actually dangerous Pollan defends his right to provide nutrition advice because he speaks on the authority of tradition and common sense But tradition and common sense will get you about 90% of the way to a healthy diet The other 10% Can Have Unfortunate And have unfortunate and really has no sense of this The last part of the book has recommendations about how to eat and shop Shop the perimeter of the grocery store is exactly the advice that was popular among nutritionists when I started in this field 30 years ago It s just as wrong now as it was then Why would you shop the perimeter of the store if you are supposed to be eating mostly plant foods Far better to shop the produc. Ime Pollan proposes a new answer to the uestion of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words Eat food Not too much Mostly plants Pollan's bracing and

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One of the most remarkable meals I ve ever eaten was here Now Dunkeld is a long way to go for a meal even if you do live in Melbourne and a ten course meal served over many hours with matching wines that costs an arm and three toes possibly isn t something everyone would think of as value for money However unlike the said value for money meals I will never forget the evening I spent at this restaurant Fantastic food remark Books like this make me afraid to eat Then they make me mad at the way I ve been eating Finally they make me a better eater At the start the idea seems simple Eat food Not too much Mostly plants When I read that I thought okay I can stop reading I now that already so I ve got this shit downBut what is food today It may not be what you think it is Most of what you find at the grocer s is not food That complicates things just a little bit doesn t it Pollan complicates that simple eat food mantra a lot Which is not to say In Defense of Food is a complicated read Indeed no uite the opposite He actually does an excellent job at explaining it all in layman terms He even helped me figured out the glucose to triglicerides issue I have that two doctors failed to make me fully understand It s not Pollan s fault eating has become difficult The problem is that the seemingly simple act of eating these days is difficult than it used to be for our grandparents due to the food engineeringfiddling that s been happening the last few decadesThere s oh so much info I could lay down here for you but you wouldn t want to bite into a rotten apple so why would you want me too spoil this for you No no read In Defense of Food It s enjoyable it s uick and it s full of information Ingesting this book will do your body good Michael Pollan image from his site One of the pernicious aspects of nutritionism is that it encourages us to blame our health problems on lifestyle choices implying that the individual bears ultimate responsibility for whatever illnesses befall him It s worth eeping in mind that a far powerful predictor of heart disease than either diet or exercise is social class Pollan contends that Western society has replaced our relationship with food to a relationship with nutrition to our great loss Science has sought to figure out exactly what parts of foods do and having figured out how this or that part functions sought to replace the food itself with its nutritive parts As Doctor Phil might say How s that working out for you Not well What Pollan calls the Western diet is a disaster replacing actual nutrition with a manufactured diet that loses much of the actual benefit that real food provides This is not a book that offers a prescriptive diet He is not looking to sell a program but to argue that the way we eat is out of whack The nutrition business is not about feeding people but about pushing product The results are raging epidemics of diabetes heart disease and cancer Not that a return to a natural state would eliminate those entirely but there is compelling research that indicates it would make a significant difference One interesting thing Pollan notes is that in different parts of the world people do uite well with various types of diets There appears not to be a single best way to eat It does appear that there is a single worst way to eat and we have found it Read February 2008Posted October 292015EXTRA STUFFThe author s personal FB and Twitter pagesCheck OUT EAT WILD I AM DEEPLY Eat Wild I am deeply depressed and embarrassed by the fact that such a book as Michael Pollan s In Defense of Food need be written much less published critically acclaimed and enjoyed by someone such as myself Pollan himself acknowledges the perverse state of affairs saying That one should feel the need to mount a defense of the meal is sad but then I never would have thought food needed defending either We should be collectively mortified as a culture because though Pollan greets us on the back jacket with his cute bald head dopey ears nerdy glasses and huge grin of unassuming innocencepollanhighresjpghis sheer journalistic acuity packs a hard punch When you are done with his book you will feel the same way about food manufacturers food marketers nutritionists and the government as you do about Scientologists multi level marketing schemes and two bit scam artistsWe re not eating food any We re Orthorexics people with an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating And now that the ideology of Nutritionism has its cold clammy hands firmly throttling our very throats and controlling what we mindlessly shovel into our mouths food has been distilled into a convoluted linguistic labyrinth of nutrients macro nutrients micro nutrients vitamins minerals protein fat carbohydrates saturated fat antioxidants polyunsaturated fat cholesterol fiber amino acids etc etc Et Al Good GriefThough Pollan Does A al Good GriefThough Pollan does a good job of taking the reader through nutritionism s never ending oscillations of advice fat is evil cholesterol is evil carbs are evil one specific fact illuminates all we need to Educating for the New World Order know 30 years of nutritional advice have left us fatter sicker and poorly nourished Something must change And Pollan does humbly offer a few suggestionsA uarter of all Americans suffer from metabolic syndromeTwo thirds of us are overweight or obeseDiet related diseases are alreadyilling the majority of us Much so than the human body capitalism is marvelously adaptive able to turn the problems it creates into new business opportunities diet pills heart bypass operations insulin pumps bariatric surgery Hooray CapitalismEven our modern dental maladies braces root canals extractions of wisdom teeth cavities and routine cleanings and procedures may be the result of poor diet and nutrition A public debate between hygiene and nutrition was waged in the 1930s Hygiene ultimately carried the day hygiene being easier and far profitable for the dental profession than restructuring 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Michael Pollan's last book The Omnivore's Dilemma launched a national conversation about the American way of eating; now In Defense of Food shows us how to change it one meal at a .