Sunday, January 20, 2008

Finally, A Simple Guide Eating Well

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Such begins Michael Pollan's latest book, In Defense of Food. This deceptively simple phrase does a better job of communicating the essentials of healthy eating than an entire shelf of diet books at your nearest book store. Healthy eating should feel as intuitive as walking and not involve laborious lists and schedules. Of course to truly "eat food," one must first distinguish it from what Pollan calls “edible food-like substances.'’

In his book, Pollan discusses what he calls the great American paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we seem to become. A brief Q&A with Pollan in The New York Times is peppered with gems like the following: "A lot of us are intimidated by cooking today. We watch cooking shows on TV but we cook very little. We’re turning cooking into a spectator sport. This process of outsourcing our food preparation to large corporations, which is what we’ve been doing the last 50 years, is a big part of our problem." To read the entire interview, click on the headline above.


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