Friday, February 19, 2010
Response to In Defense of Food
In Michael Pollan's book In Defense of Food Pollan has One central idea; Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants. His argument stems from seeing cultures almost cult-like addiction to new sudden food trends that try to put emphasis on being "healthy" and "all natural" when in all reality just having a diet of organic food in small portions that consists mostly of plants can be way more beneficial to your health.
Pollan brings up the idea of the "western diet" where he brings up the fact that many of the leading causes of death in the U.S. can be attributed to industrializing food which led to the rise of processed food and refined grains.
Another issue he brings to light is food sciences struggle to add nutritional nutrients to non nutritional food. This trend is now letting sugary breakfast cereals like Lucky Charms and Cocoa Puffs to proclaim they're healthy because of them being made with whole-grains. Which doesn't make them healthy to eat at all.
Pollan also argues that even the idea of nutritionalism has helped manufacturers justify processing foods. By implying that food science can help make "fake food" more nutritous than the real thing.
I agree with Pollan and his statements about food, current trends are leaning towards creating foods that are healthy when in fact, the healthy food is right in front of you; carrots, beets, lettuce, etc. But another issue entirely is exactly how do I stay away from processed foods? I found another blog that gives some helpful suggestions here. Hopefully these insights to how and what to stay away from may help you in your choice to Eat food. Not too much, and mostly plants.