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Monday, December 8, 2014


I read Food Rules by Michael Pollan (2009) yesterday as my lovely bride of 37 years (Moe) drove us to a family gathering.  Yep, it was a quick read.

MP did a lovely job of synthesizing and condensing a lot of nutritional and bio-chemical research into a pithy little work of 64 rules that he views as an owner's guide for those of us who have human bodies.  He combined insightful guidance with healthy doses of humor (pun intended).

My favorite quote:
“What an extraordinary achievement for a civilization [ours, that is]: to have developed the one diet that reliably makes its people sick!” (p. xiii)  

MP's big overarching answer to the question "What should we eat?":  
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.  

Some of my favorites of his 64 rules:
7. Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.
18. Don’t ingest foods made in places where everyone is required to wear a surgical cap.
20. It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car
36. Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk. 
37. "The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead.”
57. Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.

Take the (brief) time you'll need to read this one. Very well done.

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