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In Defense of Food

April 24, 2012

As more and more goes wrong in the food industry, it is books like this we need to turn to.  So many studies have shown that it is refined and over-processed food that leads to the many diseases that currently affect us. Multiple studies have shown that once someone adopts a Western diet of mass manufactured foods, the diseases follow. The levels of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity skyrocketed once processed foods became the norm in our diets. Michael Pollan’s brilliant book, In Defense of Food, describes how we shifted from seeing food to seeing nutrients. We moved from thinking “carrots are good for me” to “beta carotene is good for me” and eating foods that are “fortified” with nutrients instead of just plain good for you.  His arguments for eating natural food with minimal processing from a local source are beyond compelling. This is a perfect read for anyone who has questioned even once what they are putting into their body, and especially for those who have dieted by picking up everything labeled “low fat” in there supermarket (“because a health claim on a food product is a strong indication it’s not really food, and food is what you want to eat”).  Perhaps on of the smartest features of this book is it is short, so even skeptics can power through it.  It’s a great reminder that more than ever, you are what you eat, and “you are what what you eat eats too.”

Photo and quotes courtesy of Michael Pollan

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