Don’t Eat Anything Your Great-great Grandmother Wouldn’t Recognize As Food

Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food
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“Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. There are a great many food-like items in the supermarket your ancestors wouldn’t recognize as food.. stay away from these.” – Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan is a journalist, activist, and author of the book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” named as one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. He received an M.A. in English from Columbia University, and currently works as a professor of journalism. When he’s not teaching and writing his own books, he contributes for the New York Times magazine. He has received several awards in journalism including the James Beard Award for the Best Magazine Series in 2003 and the Reuters I.U.C.N. 2000 Global Award for Environmental Journalism.

Pollan is a harsh critic of U.S. food policies. He contends that Americans are obsessed with healthy eating yet invented a Western diet that consists of unrecognizable food. He finds it ironic that even though French people consume a lot of cheese, wine and foie gras, they have better heart health than most Americans. He calls the Western diet as the worst in the world.

Pollan’s battle cry is “Eat real food.” With today’s craze on new food products, or as he calls it “edible food-like substances,” people are at risk of consuming ingredients that aren’t supposed to be consumed. In his books, he reiterates the importance of checking the label before purchasing, eating organic, and leaving the table a little hungry.

Inevitably, criticisms were thrown at him by big companies and even the American government. As Pollan says, “But that’s the challenge—to change the system more than it changes you.”

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