Food Rules


Tonight I was at The Wal-Marts picking up a few things when I came across some string cheese. I thought it would make a good snack to have on hand for the upcoming week. The problem was, I looked at the ingredients and they broke multiple food rules:
  1. Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry.
  2. Avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients.
  3. Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.
So alas, I had to put back that particular brand of string cheese.

I am obsessed with food since I watched Food Inc. and I have now purchased all of Michael Pollan's books. I highly recommend picking up Food Rules, which is a simple guidebook of 64 rules for better eating based on Pollan's core principles:

1. Eat Food
2. Mostly Plants
3. Not Too Much

Here are some of my favorite Food Rules:

2. Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.
3. Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry.
7. Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.
9. Avoid food products with the wordoid "lite" or the terms "low-fat" or "non-fat" in their names.
13. Eat only foods that will eventually rot.
27. Eat animals that have themselves eaten well.
36. Don't eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.
39. Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.
44. Pay more, eat less.
51. Spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it.
64. Break the rules once in a while.

"Eating doesn't have to be so complicated. In this age of ever-more elaborate diets and conflicting health advice, Food Rules brings a welcome simplicity to our daily decisions about food. Written with the clarity, concision and wit that has become bestselling author Michael Pollan's trademark, this indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely, one per page, accompanied by a concise explanation. It's an easy-to-use guide that draws from a variety of traditions, suggesting how different cultures through the ages have arrived at the same enduring wisdom about food. 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?"

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