Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

That is the opening line to Michael Pollan's "Unhappy Meals", an article I read in the NYT's magazine last year. I jokingly told Mimi that it should have been on my 2007 list since it was one of the best things I read last year.



20184185 Now Michael Pollan has published it as a book, In Defense of Food. I haven't read it yet, but the reviews haven't mentioned anything yet that wasn't in his original article. That first line seems simple, but the catch lies in how little actual "food" we eat these days. I loved his advice to avoid any food that makes health claims---because to do so, it must be in a box, while the veggies still silently by, not waving any nutrient-flags.



We have a long way to go in using meat "as a flavoring more than a food", but it dispelled numerous misconceptions and is a voice of reason in a culture where the medical community changes their advice weekly.



Check it out.










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