“In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto”, was suggested to me by a close cycling friend, Dave Townsend, who felt it would fit right into my already health oriented lifestyle philosophy. He was right!
Why the title… I wondered? Does “Food” really need defending?
It seems the healthful benefits of real, whole and natural food has been supplanted to a great extent by “edible substances” that are processed, modified and “enhanced” with individual elements, as well as synthetic items. Billed… just as good or even better… than what mother nature can provide! Pollan strongly disagrees.
Michael Pollan examines the history, evolution, the questionably substantiated science and motivators that support “Nutritionalism” defined, and its health and economic implications to society. Is what we are eating responsible for creating inordinate sickness and disease? In my opinion Pollan says, yes! Statistics related to declining health of many U.S. citizens embracing the Western diet dictates we must individually and collectively change our behavior if we are looking for health.
The author calls for simple actions in our decisions surrounding food namely “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants!”
I love this book. It is an easy non technical read, concluding with practical application. Get this one. Embrace its concept. Be healthy!