Food Definitely Rules

Michael Pollan has one outstanding rule about food: whatever your grandma would not have recognized as such, is not food.

Which means that for example mashed potatoes is food, whereas weird shapes of fried potato derivates are not. “Michael Pollan’s Food Rules began with his hunch that the wisdom of our grandparents might have more helpful things to say about how to eat well than the recommendations of science or industry or government.”

That is why his book is full of beautiful wisdom, such as If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, you’re probably not hungry” or “Avoid foods you see advertised on television”. Food Rules is what the name says: a collection of rules for a healthy relationship with food. “The central teaching is that eating doesn’t have to be so complicated, and food is as much about pleasure and communion as it is about nutrition and health.” The author sees his collection of rules as “a completely different way to fix the health care crisis”. I agree that maybe what we all need are some simple rules to follow because we all know that eating better would improve our health.

There is another good side of the book: if you are the undecisive kind, this might be just what you need. “Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat buffet, this is the perfect guide for anyone who ever wondered, ‘What should I eat?”. The new edition even includes beautiful illustrations like the one above. Some more rules to get an idea:

“Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.”

“Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.”

Do you have any food rules to share?


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