Thursday, August 14, 2008

how to Eat Food

Eating food should be simple. However, Pollan reminds us that anything processed is not "food" in the traditional meaning of the word. It is nothing but a "food or food-like product." Pollan's prescriptions for eating food are these...

First of all, avoid all foods that your grandmother (and increasingly, your great grandmother) would not recognize. Then;
  • "Avoid Food Products containing Ingredients that are a) unfamiliar, b) unpronounceable, c) more than five in number, or that include d) high fructose corn syrup" (pg 150)- go to your pantry and see how much this includes, even the healthy sounding stuff (especially the healthy sounding stuff).
  • "Avoid Food Products that make health claims" (pg 154)- even Fritos adds a little something that give it the chance to make a "qualified" health claim.
  • Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle" (pg 157)- Processed food is in the middle, while real food- meat, veggies, fruit, dairy- lines the wall.
  • "Get out of the supermarket whenever possible" (pg 157) you find little or no processed foods at a farmer's market or CSA. Plus, your produce is fresh.

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