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In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan

With In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan follows up his bestselling The Omnivore's Dilemma with a book that seeks to redefine why we eat and what we should eat. He complains that "nutritionism" has become an ideology backed by flimsy science and unsupported assumptions clouding the simple decisions that are needed to decide what to eat. He breaks it to simple tenets: "Don't eat things that your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize. Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." He points out that the markets are full of industrialized and processed foods that lack the nutrition of their individual ingredients. Deciding which foods to eat, those made from natural, local ingredients, should be inherently obvious without overthinking the choices. In Defense of Food has received positive reviews with St. Petersburg Times saying, "It's a smart, refreshing take on the traditional January topic: diet advice from a man who clearly loves to eat. Great-Grandma would be proud."
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