- In Defense of Food
- May 29th, 2009
So yesterday I finished reading In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. Awesome book. It isn't a diet book or recipe guide or anything like that. Pollan basically goes through history of food and shows that what we are currently eating (unless you buy from the co-op or farmer's market) really isn't food. I have to say it surprised me. I knew that certain foods should be avoided or eaten in moderation anyway, it never occured to me how crappy the things I consider real actually are. For instance, bread. What are it's ingredients? Well they should be water, flour, salt (just a pinch), and yeast. Have you ever looked at the ingredients on a loaf of bread? Very rarely are the ingredients quite that simple. There are rules of course. I won't list them all (cuz I want to all to read it) but two of them is: Don't eat food with more than 5 ingredients or with ingredients you can't pronounce. And 2: Avoid High frutose corn syrup. Pollan does not say you should overhaul your life. He recongizes the fact that sometimes its difficult to buy real food. I don't plan to go out and spend a lot of money but I really want to aim to try. So I went into the kitchen an hour ago to grab something to eat. I really wanted a snack but when I picked up a cereal bar and was astounded by the ingredients. High fructose corn syrup was in there a long with a list of crap I couldn't pronounce or recongize. So I kept searching. The only thing I could find in accordance with the rules (You don't really have to stick to 5 ingredients, I'm sure that is just a suggestion) was peanut butter. Peanut butter always makes me nauseous but I was willing to try it because it was "real" food. I slathered some on some bread (yeah I cheated with the bread) made 2 sandwiches, and cut a banana and that was lunch. I got some 100% grape juice which was in line with the rules as well. I managed to eat one of the sandwiches before I got sick. Eating real food seems harder than it sounds, but I really want to make an effort.