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In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
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Apr 12, 08

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"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Michael Pollan's succinct dietary advice is so simple it's practically insulting, but thanks to a combination of bad science and government influence, Americans are more confused than ever about how and what to eat. Our ancestors wouldn't recognize most of the "food" we eat today, things like refined pasta fortified with omega-3s or diet soda spiked with vitamins. By refining and processing our food and trying to add the nutrients back in, the modern food industry has introduced a bevy of chronic diseases ranging from cancer to heart disease to type 2 diabetes. Pollan makes a compelling case for doing away with the Western diet and only eating foods that your great-grandmother would recognize as such. This is, quite honestly, one of the most fascinating books I've read in a long while. It's also incredibly concise, readable, and hard to put down.
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