In Defense of Food
An Eater's ManifestoeBook - 2008
From foods to nutrients
Nutritionism comes to market
Food science's golden age
The melting of the lipid hypothesis
Eat right, get fatter
Beyond the pleasure principle
The proof in the low-fat pudding
pt. 2. The Western diet and the diseases of civilization.
The Aborigine in all of us
The elephant in the room
The industrialization of eating : what we do know : From whole foods to refined ; From complexity to simplicity ; From quality to quantity ; From leaves to seeds ; From food culture to food science
pt. 3. Getting over nutritionism.
Escape from the Western diet
Eat food : food defined
Mostly plants : what to eat
Not too much : how to eat.
From the critics
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Real food -- the kind of food your great-grandmother would recognize as food - is being undermined by science on one side and the food industry on the other, both of whom want us focus on nutrients, good and bad, rather than actual plants, animals and fungi.
According to author Michael Pollan, the rise of "nutritionism" has vastly complicated the lives of American eaters without doing anything for our health, except possibly to make it worse. Nutritionism arose to deal with a genuine problem -- the fact that the modern American diet is responsible for an epidemic of chronic diseases, from obesity and type II diabetes to heart disease and many cancers -- but it has obscured the real roots of that problem and stood in the way of a solution.
In 200 pages, Pollan outlines the challenge and offers a straightforward manifesto -- "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." -- as well as practical advice on how to accomplish these deceptively simple goals.
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