Recently, I came across an extremely concise food guide presented as a brief directive with two qualifying phrases: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” This is how Michael Pollan begins his New York Times Magazine’s essay on what to eat for good health. In the remainder of this article, he elaborates on how the ideology of “nutritionism” has created a “conspiracy of confusion” about what we should we eat to be healthy and suggests nine unscientific (his own word) rules of thumb.
Pollan counters the reductionist-scientific perspective with guidelines grounded in culture, tradition and food-sense. I’m tempted to share excerpts of his witty and convincing prose, but will restrain myself– except I can’t resist including this statement from his rule about health claims: “Don’t take the silence of the yams as a sign that they have nothing valuable to say about health.”
Link to Unhappy Meals by Michael Pollan