Friday, November 6, 2009

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.


Monica said...

I'll have to check this out. I'm currently reading "The End of Overeating So far it's been about how foods are processed and layered in our country in such a way to lead to overstimulation and addiction. Very enlightening. I think this book would be a good follow up. Thanks!

anika said...

nourishing traditions... sally fallon & mary enig... great addition to your collection

eureka said...

Oh, yes, this was an interesting book! What exactly DO we put in our mouths...? Makes ya wonder.

Have you read Freakonomics? There's a new Superfreakonomics book out now. I betcha you'd like those.

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