Friday, January 25, 2013

Currently Reading: In Defense of Food

I realize I'm a little late reading this one, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, published 4 years ago, but better late than never.

Michael Pollan breaks down the research and nutrition information into laymen's terms for us non-scientific folks, and in a book that has dense, statistic-heavy writing, it flows remarkably well.  Very readable.

I'm about 75% finished, so I don't know how Pollan will wrap it up, but as of now it's leaving me with a sense of "the world is doomed."  There's a vicious cycle that extends well past the food industry (which in itself is an incredibly large monster) that leads humans, specifically those following a Western diet, to unhealthy lifestyles.

What's scary is that these unhealthy lifestyles and unhealthy foods are marketed to us as preferred, healthy choices. Even the food scientists, according to Pollan, don't seem to have a grasp on what's healthy and what's not.

So...what's for dinner tonight?  

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