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In Defense of Food

2010 February 4
by Alan

In Defense Of FoodIf you haven’t heard of it, In Defense of Food is a book written by Michael Pollan that focuses on getting back to the basics of eating, and how the products that people consume today aren’t even considered real food, but tasty food-like substances that are simply edible products of food science. In other words, most of the food you are buying in the grocery store and consuming are really cans and boxes full of chemistry experiments.

Pollan refers to the nation being in a state of what he calls the American Paradox: the more people worry about nutrition, the less healthy they become. Real food, food that is bought fresh, raw, and delicious and cooked in many ways to make it enjoyable and different, needs defending from the food industry and diet programs alike, according to Pollan. Unfortunately, the food industry is in bed with the government as many top level mangers from the giant food conglomerates end up in high level government positions when they retire from their respective corporations. They then end up making government healthy and agricultural policy, giving favor to their friends in the food industry.

In Defense of Food talks of all the great food of the world that people seem to have forgotten about for the sake of processed foods and convenience. When people are confused about food, they tend to follow whatever the ‘experts’ say, including falling for labels that promote ‘healthy’ qualities of processed food and products that are more chemically altered than anything you’d find on your grandmother’s dinner table. These so called experts are really only promoting the agenda of the big food corporations who don’t have a clue as to what real food is.

The book states that 30 years of official nutritional counsel has only made Americans sicker and fatter because of all of the chemical processes that now go into everyday foods and things that people eat. What all the public policy from people who were once working for major food companies does is benefit the companies instead of the nation’s health.

‘Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.’ These seven words are the mantra of In Defense of Food, where Pollan strives to explain why people need to eat good food, real food, and food that isn’t processed, chemically altered, and then thrown into a can or a box to make service quick and easy. Eating should be fun, and cooking can be too. You don’t have to sacrifice convenience and saving time to eat healthy. There are plenty of ways that you can enjoy a good meal with raw, un-altered food in a short amount of time, as you can see in many cookbooks and TV shows.

In Defense of Food is written in a way that anyone can get the point that is being put across: just eat real food, not the junk the food companies claim is food. Enjoy what you eat, don’t eat processed garbage, and find fun ways to cook with items that you can find in their natural state. Buy fresh steaks, lots of vegetables (from the produce department, if you remember where it’s at), and a few potatoes. Starch and carbs won’t kill you if you eat them in moderation. What’s more, the chemicals in processed foods that are in boxes and cans and bags can make people fatter than the food itself because it messes with the hormones of the body. There’s a lot more to learn in this book, but it seems to have some sound advice about how to eat right and love food, real food.

With all the talk about healthcare lately from the Obama administration and the debate in congress, eating real food may be a solution to the health care crisis and in Defense Of Food may help people find a better solution to the problem than nationalizing the medical industry in this country.

If you are trying to lose weight, but don’t want to eat the expensive processed foods from some major weight loss programs, try the FBF Diet Plan.

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