In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
By Michael Pollan
Reviewed by Jane
I’m kind of a health nut and my latest obsession is about the food that we eat. In particular, the horrible state of the American diet. A lot of it is our bad choices, but there is a large component that stems from the junk that is sold as ‘food’.
Michael Pollan and I are on the same page. He’s written several books on food and this one will scare you straight, if you’re ready to embrace a better way of eating and feeding your family.
Pollan is not a scientist or a nutritionist; he’s a journalist who has delved into the nuts and bolts of how we eat, how we should eat and how the government and food industry wants us to eat. Here’s a hint: the latter isn’t all that concerned with our health.
There’s a reason that obesity and obesity-related illnesses are at an epidemic level in this country and the book lays it out pretty succinctly. I’ll warn you that parts of it can be a little tedious with the science and studies, but taken as a whole, it could shake up how we approach food in this country and in my opinion, that’s a big, fat deal.
Pollan sums it up with this line: ‘Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”.
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