Year 4, Book 46

46. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Pollan wrote this book in response to all the questions he received about what people should eat after writing The Omnivore’s Dilemma. His basic tenet is “Eat food. Not too much. And mostly plants.”, and by food he does not mean the processed crap that lines most of the shelves of our grocery stores these days. He basically discusses the history of nutritionism and how the Western Diet is bad for us. He uses all this information to conclude that a healthy diet is about eating whole foods and whole cuisines not picking and choosing nutrients or particular food groups as the villain or the savior of healthy eating because as is evidenced by the fact that Americans have been doing this for decades we are now fatter than ever. None of it was rocket science to me, but obviously a lot of Americans could stand to read this book. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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