Michael Pollan is an awesome journalist and author of now five extremely interesting books on food; where it’s come from and where it’s going. He has a short book out now called Food Rules and I’d like to share those rules with you. As a disclaimer, I have to tell you in full disclosure I DO NOT follow all these rules and infact consumed 6 Peeps and an entire row of Thin Mints this week. Those, in Mr. Pollan’s eyes, are most assuredly NOT food. Still we three are inspiring to continue to do better, eat better and be better.
Food Rule #1 is:
“These days this is easier said than done,” Pollan writes, “especially when seventeen thousand new products show up in the supermarket each year, all vying for your food dollars. But most of these items don’t deserve to be called food – I call them edible foodlike substances. They’re highly processed concoctions designed by food scientists, consisting mostly of ingredients derived from corn and soy that no normal person keeps in the pantry, and they contain chemical additives with which the human body has not been long acquainted. Today much of the challenge of eating well comes down to choosing real food and avoiding these industrial novelties.”
Peeps are without question an “industrial novelty”. Tasty yes, but NOT food.
Just start looking at the ingredient lists on your “food”. You may be surprised AND disgusted. Or maybe not. Either way, a little knowledge is a good thing and a LOT of knowledge may save all our lives.