Food Rules was a very brief, but very interesting read. More of a really long pamphlet on dietary advice than a stand-alone book. It’s main premise is to “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Some examples are:
“Eating what stands on one leg [mushrooms and plant foods] is better than eating what stands on two legs [fowl], which is better than eating what stands on four legs [cows, pigs, and other mammals].”
“If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.”
“Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.”
“Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.”
Pollan points out that nutritional science is one of the newest forms of science, therefore many nutritional claims must be taken with a grain of salt. He reminds us that although the “edible foodlike substance” (AKA, junk food) says “low fat” or “1/3 the sugar” on its package, it still comes in a package. Good point.
It seems intimidating to sift through all the dietary information out there to learn what the real deal is. But luckily, Pollan helps us with the adage, “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” I’ve been applying that to my shopping list lately. That means no Cheetos or Oreos or GoGurt or any other weird stuff. If you look at the ingredients and see something that the average person wouldn’t have in their kitchen, don’t eat it.
I don’t know about you but I have neither Red #4 or hydrogenated vegetable oil in my pantry…
This is a great guide for those without enough time (or enthusiasm) to read Pollan’s other, more in depth books about food.
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