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“What an extraordinary achievement for a civilization: to have developed the one diet that reliably makes its people sick!”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“Not everyone can afford to eat well in America, which is a literal shame, but most of us can: Americans spend less than 10 percent of their income on food, less than the citizens of any other nation. ”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“...There's a lot of money in the Western diet. The more you process any food, the more profitable it becomes. The healthcare industry makes more money treating chronic diseases (which account for three quarters of the $2 trillion plus we spend each year on health care in this country) than preventing them. ”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“Use the apple test

"If you're not hungry enough to eat an apple, you're not hungry.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“For a product to carry a health claim on its package, it must first have a package, so right off the bat it's more likely to be processed rather than a whole food.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“Eating in our time has gotten complicated — needlessly so, in my opinion. I will get to the “needlessly” part in a moment, but consider first the complexity that now attends this most basic of creaturely activities. Most of us have come to rely on experts of one kind or another to tell us how to eat — doctors and diet books, media accounts of the latest findings in nutritional science, government advisories and food pyramids, the proliferating health claims on food packages. We may not always heed these experts’ advice, but their voices are in our heads every time we order from a menu or wheel down the aisle in the supermarket. Also in our heads today resides an astonishing amount of biochemistry. How odd is it that everybody now has at least a passing acquaintance with words like “antioxidant,” “saturated fat,” “omega-3 fatty acids,” “carbohydrates,” “polyphenols,” “folic acid,” “gluten,” and “probiotics”? It’s gotten to the point where we don’t see foods anymore but instead look right through them to the nutrients (good and bad) they contain, and of course to the calories — all these invisible qualities in our food that, properly understood, supposedly hold the secret to eating well.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“Be the kind of person who takes supplements -- then skip the supplements.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“As grandmothers used to say, 'Better to pay the grocer than the doctor”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“S policy: “no snacks, no seconds, no sweets—except on days that begin with the letter S.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“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].”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“In many cases science has confirmed what culture has long known”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“In borrowing from a food culture, pay attention to how a culture eats as well as to what it eats.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“Real food is alive and there for it should eventually die.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“...Only the big food manufacturers have the wherewithal to secure FDA-approved health claims for their products and then trumpet them to the world. Generally, it is the products of modern food science that make the boldest health claims, and these are often founded on incomplete and often bad science. ”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“Two of the most nutritious plants in the world —lamb’s quarters and purslane—are weeds, and some of the healthiest traditional diets, like the Mediterranean, make frequent use of wild greens.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“Leave something on your plate... 'Better to go to waste than to waist”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“Human beings ate well and kept themselves healthy for millennia before nutritional science came along to tell us how to do it; it is entirely possible to eat healthily without knowing what an anti-oxidant is.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“The more you process any food, the more profitable it becomes. The healthcare industry makes more money treating chronic diseases (which account for three quarters of the $2 trillion plus we spend each year on health care in this country) than preventing them. So we ignore the elephant in the room and focus instead on good and evil nutrients, the identities of which seem to change with every new study.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“Be the kind of person who takes supplements—then skip the supplements.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“Traditional diets are more than the sum of their food parts.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“I realized that the answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated question of what we should eat wasn't so complicated after all, and in fact could be boiled down to just seven words:
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“The healthiest food in the supermarket - the fresh produce- doesn't boast about its healthfulness, because the growers don't have budget or packaging. Don't take the silence of the yams as a sign they have nothing valuable to say about your health.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“So don't drink your sweets, and remember : There is no such thing as a healthy soda.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“Also, by demonizing one nutrient -fat- we inevitably give a free pass to anther , supposedly "good", nutrient -carbohydrates in this case - and then proceed to eat much of that instead.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“Nutrition science, which after all only got started less than two hundred years ago, is today approximately where surgery was in the year 1650—very promising, and very interesting to watch, but are you ready to let them operate on you? I think I’ll wait awhile.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“Don’t take the silence of the yams as a sign they have nothing valuable to say about your health.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“The banquet is in the first bite.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
“Quanto mais branco o pão, mais depressa você vai para o caixão.”
Michael Pollan, Regras da comida
“When eating sonewhere other than at a tablem stick to fruits and vegetables.”
Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

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