Michael Pollan
ISBN: 0143114964
Read: 10/30/2013
Pages: 244
Rating: 7.5/10
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Reading Ease: Reading Time:7 hours

In Defense of Food can be summarized by this simple rule: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Pollen argues that we should eat more like our ancestors, which refers to a time before the onslaught of modern day diseases we have today like diabetes and heart disease. Pollen states the American diet has been taken over by “edible foodlike substances,” in which he is referring to our super processed foods and other foods created in a lab. He argues that nutritional science has become too arrogant in isolating key nutritional elements and forgetting about the needed complexity, yet simplicity of a stable whole food diet. In Defense of food, has made me much more aware about the foods I eat and increasing the amount of good food I eat. I feel parts of Pollen’s arguments are too black and white, but he has made some good arguments.

Motivations to Read

Part of a collection of books I've bought to improve my understanding on Food and Nutrition. I heard about pollen, which I started looking into the origins of the statement, 'Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.' One of my goals is to reduce the amount of meat I eat and eat more vegetables. This book was one of the bestsellers in the food category, and I hope to learn more about the right kinds of food to eat.

3 Reasons to Read

  • Well researched information as to where various foods come from
  • Simple rules for eating healthily
  • History of the American Diet and government policy around food
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