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In Defence of Food

In Defence of Food

by Michael Pollan

The Rise of Nutritionism

  • Nutritionism is not the same as nutrition. It is not a scientific subject but an ideology.
  • Ideologies are ways of organizing large areas of life and experience under a set of shared but unexamined assumptions.
  • For nutritionism

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Nutritionism divides nutrients in food into healthy and unhealthy ones: good nutrients and bad. This ideology has a hard times making a qualitative distinctions between foods.

Fish, beef and chicken become in this case just delivery systems for varying quantities of f...

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  • From whole foods to refined: a change toward increasingly refined foods (mostly carbohydrates)
  • From complexity to simplicity: the industrialization of the food chain has involved a process of chemical and biological simplification
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To escape the Western diet and the ideology of nutritionism, we have only to stop eating and thinking that way.

  • Instead of stressing over nutrients, just avoid any food that has been processed to such an extent that it is more the product of industry than of nature.

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  • Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food
  • Don’t eat anything that is incapable of rotting
  • Avoid food products containing ingredients that are unfamiliar, hard to pronounce unpronounceable...

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Eat Mostly Plants

  • Eat mostly plants, especially leaves
  • Eat as many different kinds of plants as possible as they all have different antioxidants
  • Plant foods—with the exception of seeds—are less energy-dense so you’ll likely consume fewer calories
  • W...

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  • Pay more, eat less. Better food costs more.
  • Eat until you are 80% full. It takes 20 minutes before the brain gets the word that the belly is full. Eat slower and consult your sense of satiety
  • Eat meals. Snack less
  • Do all your

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