I’m still working my way through Michael Pollan’s “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” but there’s an article of his in today’s NYTimes Magazine that’s been screaming through the blogosphere. Just in case you haven’t heard about it, go read “Unhappy Meals.” (Thanks to bOINGbOING)
A quote: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
That, more or less, is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy. I hate to give away the game right here at the beginning of a long essay, and I confess that I’m tempted to complicate matters in the interest of keeping things going for a few thousand more words. I’ll try to resist but will go ahead and add a couple more details to flesh out the advice. Like: A little meat won’t kill you, though it’s better approached as a side dish than as a main. And you’re much better off eating whole fresh foods than processed food products. That’s what I mean by the recommendation to eat ‘food.’ Once, food was all you could eat, but today there are lots of other edible foodlike substances in the supermarket. These novel products of food science often come in packages festooned with health claims, which brings me to a related rule of thumb: if you’re concerned about your health, you should probably avoid food products that make health claims. Why? Because a health claim on a food product is a good indication that it’s not really food, and food is what you want to eat.”
(This really resonates with how we try to eat in our lives. We think of it as eating on the periphery of the supermarket… the fruits and veggies, milk and cheese, bread and meat… only delving into the aisles for “ingredients” like flour, beans, rice, spices. We DO eat a lot of pasta, but we’re going to try making our own soon… that’s for another post!)