Monday, October 17, 2011

In defense of food!

A good friend has loaned me some of her favorite foodie/healthy eater books and I’m finally reading Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, which is an excellent read. Michael Pollan has already given us a lot to think about with his books The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Food Rules. He writes in a very sensible, no-frills way about food and I appreciate that. I was very drawn to this particular paragraph in the beginning of In Defense of Food which reads, “All of our uncertainties about nutrition should not obscure the plain fact that the chronic diseases that now kill most of us can be traced directly to the industrialization of our food: The rise of highly processed foods and refined grains; the use of chemicals to raise plants and animals in huge monocultures; the superabundance of cheap calories of sugar and fat produced by modern agriculture; and the narrowing of the biological diversity of the human diet to a tiny handful of staple crops, notable what, corn and soy. These changes have given us the Western diet that we take for granted: lots of processed foods and meat, lots of added fat and sugar, lots of everything – except vegetables, fruits and whole grains. " HUM……it really makes you think, doesn't it?

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