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"Defense of Food" - A Manifesto Review.

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – by Michael Pollan

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Eat more like the French. Or the Italians. Or the Japanese. Or…

Somehow, whatever we eat is not good enough, and we should always be doing it differently!

Michael Pollan takes a more down-to-Earth approach.

He kicks off by questioning the wisdom of thinking of our food only in terms of nutritional profiles, and overthinking healthy-eating. He concludes, as many do, that a “common-sense, moderate” approach is needed.

And yet, most people who believe they are taking a “common-sense, moderate” approach to health are in fact over-fed yet under-nourished.

So, how to fix this?

He offers us a reframe: to think of food as a relationship, and health being a product of it:

  • If we are constantly stressing about a relationship, it’s probably not good.
  • On the other hand, if we are completely thoughtless about it, it’s probably not good either.
  • But if we can outline some good, basic principles and celebrate it with a whole heart? It’s probably at the very least decent.

The style is very casual and readable throughout. His conclusions, by the way, can be summed up as “Eat real food, make it mostly plants, and make it not too much”.

However, to summarize it thusly undercuts a lot of the actual value of the book, which is the principles for discerning what is “real food” and what is “not too much”.

Bottom line: if you’re tired of complicated eating plans, this book can help produce something very simple, attainable, and really quite good.

Click here to check out In Defense of Food, for some good, hearty eating.

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