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In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (2008)

de Michael Pollan

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"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of food journalist Pollan's thesis. Humans used to know how to eat well, he argues, but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." Indeed, plain old eating is being replaced by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Pollan's advice is: "Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food." Looking at what science does and does not know about diet and health, he proposes a new way to think about what to eat, informed by ecology and tradition rather than by the nutrient-by-nutrient approach.--From publisher description.… (més)
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Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

First line of the book, you can probably stop there if you are ready to follow that advice but if you need more convincing then this is a great read on the American diet and health.

When corn oil and chips and sugary breakfast cereals can all boast being good for your heart, health claims have become hopelessly corrupt. The American Heart Association currently bestows (for a fee) its heart-healthy seal of approval on Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs, and Trix cereals, Yoo-hoo lite chocolate drink, and Healthy Choice’s Premium Caramel Swirl Ice Cream Sandwich—this at a time when scientists are coming to recognize that dietary sugar probably plays a more important role in heart disease than dietary fat. Meanwhile, the genuinely heart-healthy whole foods in the produce section, lacking the financial and political clout of the packaged goods a few aisles over, are mute. But don’t take the silence of the yams as a sign that they have nothing valuable to say about health.

Be skeptical of manufacturers and more on point be skeptical of anything that your great grand parents didn't eat. ( )
  kevn57 | Dec 8, 2021 |


Mostly good advice, if you stick to the big picture. Some of the details are poorly supported, unrealistic, or even a bit offensive. I suspect that if I was the type of consumer Pollan refers to over and over in this book, i wouldn't be reading it. That said, it's as though he assumes that the reader lives on a diet of fast food and microwave entrees and will be able to start shopping at Farmers markets and cooking all of their meals. Lofty goals, but they ought to be grounded with a bit more practical application. ( )
  Cerestheories | Nov 8, 2021 |
Adult nonfiction; science/health. Michael Pollan helps us sort out the conflicting evidence in scientific studies regarding the healthiness/unhealthiness of foods. In a nutshell: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." More specifically, eat natural foods with as few chemical additives and as little processing as possible (avoid products that contain ingredients that are unfamiliar, unpronounceable, more than five in number, or that include high-fructose corn syrup) which pretty much leaves dairy, meat, and produce (leafy greens are especially good for you). Also, limit your intake (meat in particular but keep an eye on your portion sizes/snacking in general). ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Nonfiction. This book restarted my desire to eat whole and organic foods when we possible. Pollan’s main thrust is that nutritionist is a science of breaking down foods into components for which research can’t really be done with perfect accuracy since we are all so different and it is difficult to report truthfully and to calculate exactly what we’re eating. He thinks there are aunergosms between components of Whole Foods that work for our bodies and that breaking them apart doesnt necessarily help us. The food mfg base the industry in adding the current favored component to their foods so they can sell them. ( )
  bereanna | Jun 13, 2021 |
Excellent livre sur l'alimentation et le caractère très controversé et fort incertain du nutrionnisme.
Avec force chiffres à l'appui, l'auteur avance sa thèse avec clarté et intelligence.
Pour qui ne serait pas encore convaincu que sa santé dépend essentiellement de ce que l'on mange, il convient de découvrir ce livre au plus vite.
Une nourriture saine et éclairante que cette lecture ! ( )
  biche1968 | May 15, 2021 |
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…the "what to eat" question is somewhat more complicated for us than it is for, say, cows. Yet for most of human history, humans have navigated the question without expert advice. To guide us we had, instead, Culture, which, at least when it comes to food, is really just a fancy word for your mother.
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"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of food journalist Pollan's thesis. Humans used to know how to eat well, he argues, but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." Indeed, plain old eating is being replaced by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Pollan's advice is: "Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food." Looking at what science does and does not know about diet and health, he proposes a new way to think about what to eat, informed by ecology and tradition rather than by the nutrient-by-nutrient approach.--From publisher description.

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