In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating
By Michael Pollan
Why this book?
This book beautifully explains its fundamental, simple bit of advice of healthy eating known to naturopaths for centuries; eat food, mostly plants, not too much. It basically convinces you of the necessity to eat whole ‘food’ – not a bunch of processed, chemical-ridden, junk masquerading as food, but real honest ingredients. If you read the packet and don’t recognise every ingredient as being something that you might have in your cupboard, don’t eat it.
It summarises the findings of most research into healthy eating without giving hard and fast rules. Not ‘be a vegetarian’, but ‘eat mostly plants, and if you’re going to eat meat ‘eat animals that have themselves eaten well.’ – ‘Eat well-grown food from healthy soil.’ Finally, don’t over-eat – ‘Eat when you’re hungry, not when you’re bored.' Simple!
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