There are plenty of people taking a stand against the troubled food industry, but Michael Pollan has been one of the most vocal about the importance of eating practices that support good health, environmental sustainability and getting back to the basics of whole foods. In a country where french fries are considered a serving of vegetables and ketchup is our major source of fruit consumption, Pollan's approach to healthy eating is the awakening this country has sorely needed.
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." That is, in a nutshell, Michael Pollan's approach to nutrition. This simplistic approach to food and good health has convinced many concerned Americans to rethink their dinner choices and toss fad diets and weight loss pills to the curb. It is so refreshing to read from an author whose only intention was to find out the truth about what it takes to live a healthy life and enjoy the foods that nature intended us to eat.
His books were successful because he doesn't preach or use scare tactics to persuade you to follow his own set of food rules. He has a very approachable, non threatening writing style that gives you the facts and allows you to do what you will with that information. This approach has made him a successful author with millions of followers looking to change their health and become more mindful of the way we approach food.
If you've never had a chance to read one of Michael Pollan's books, I strongly suggest that you do. Whether you're someone looking to broaden your knowledge of food and nutrition, or a health conscious parent looking to make the right choices for your family's health, Pollan is your man. Check out the Wiki for a list of all his best-selling books including his most famous title, The Omnivore's Dilemma. I've also included a list of Michael Pollan's "7 Rules for Eating," which is an excellent introduction into the mind of this brilliant author. Enjoy!
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Michael Pollan (born February 6, 1955) is an American author, columnist, activist, and professor of journalism and director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
Pollan, Michael (1991). Second Nature: A Gardener's Education. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press.
Pollan, Michael (1997). Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder. New York: Random House.
Pollan, Michael (2001). The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World. New York: Random House.
Pollan, Michael (2006). The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin Press.
Pollan, Michael (2008). In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. New York: Penguin Press.
Michael Pollan's 7 Rules for Eating
Don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food. "When you pick up that box of portable yogurt tubes, or eat something with 15 ingredients you can't pronounce, ask yourself, "What are those things doing there?" Pollan says.
Don't eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can't pronounce.
Stay out of the middle of the supermarket; shop on the perimeter of the store. Real food tends to be on the outer edge of the store near the loading docks, where it can be replaced with fresh foods when it goes bad.
Don't eat anything that won't eventually rot. "There are exceptions -- honey -- but as a rule, things like Twinkies that never go bad aren't food," ...