After seeing In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto reviewed on a few other blogs I frequent, I was intrigued. Proposing neither a diet nor an eating method, Michael Pollan asks some thoughtful questions about what we eat, how we eat it, and if it's really doing us any good, questions like:
- Of what does the Western diet truly consist?
- With all the health claims on the labels of our food, why are we getting fatter and sicker?
- Why are we developing heart disease and diabetes at alarmingly increasing rates?
- Is there a connection between the food pyramid, the food conglomerates, and the medical establishment?
- Why are people in other countries who eat their culture's traditional diet healthier regardless of that diet's fat or carb content?
- Would what I eat even pass for food in my grandmother or great-grandmother's day?
I recommend In Defense of Food to anyone willing to take a look at what's really on your plate.