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In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
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Apr 26, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: own, food, nonfiction
Read from April 16 to 22, 2010

Fascinating, and a very fast read. We truly are a country obsessed with the individual nutrients we can find within foods (adding vitamins to Diet Coke, anyone?) rather than thinking about foods as whole items. I especially liked his point that our bodies have hundreds of thousands of years of evolutionary experience in dealing with certain items -- whole grains, for instance -- and may not be quite sure what to do with the processed products that come from those whole foods. We've only have a few hundred years to work with those things.

Having said that, I'm not 100% convinced that all of Western society's current health problems come solely from our diet, or that those in non-Western eating societies are as spotlessly healthy as he claims. I guess I'd need a bit more convincing.

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Steph I heard him on NPR and I really want to read this now! Have you read his others?

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