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In defense of food : an eater's manifesto

Pollan, Michael Save to your list

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  • Creator Michael Pollan
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication New York : Penguin Press, 2008.
  • Physical Details
    • 244 pages ; 22 cm
  • ISBNs 9781594201455, 1594201455
  • OCLC ocn173243755


  • "Food. There's plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it?" "Because most of what we're consuming today is not food, and how we're consuming it - in the car, in front of the TV, and increasingly alone - is not really eating. Instead of food, we're consuming "edible foodlike substances" - no longer the products of nature but of food science. Many of them come packaged with health claims that should be our first clue they are anything but healthy. In the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we seem to become." "In Defense of Food shows us how, despite the daunting dietary landscape Americans confront in the modern supermarket, we can escape the Western diet and, by doing so, most of the chronic diseases that diet causes. We can relearn which foods are healthy, develop simple ways to moderate our appetites, and return eating to its proper context - out of the car and back to the table."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 206-228) and index.


  • The age of nutritionism. From foods to nutrients ; Nutritionism defined ; Nutritionism comes to market ; Food science's golden age ; The melting of the lipid hypothesis ; Eat right, get fatter ; Beyond the pleasure principle ; The proof in the low-fat pudding ; Bad science ; Nutritionism's children -- The Western diet and the diseases of civilization. The Aborigine in all of us ; The elephant in the room ; The industrialization of eating : what we do know. From whole foods to refined -- From complexity to simplicity -- From quality to quantity -- From leaves to seeds -- From food culture to food science -- Getting over nutritionism. Escape from the Western diet ; Eat food : food defined ; Mostly plants : what to eat ; Not too much : how to eat

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