Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Food Rules author wants your family's rules

Posted By on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 12:04 PM

If you haven't read Michael Pollan's book, Food Rules, yet, you should pick up a copy today. It's a fast, easy read that's packed with commonsense advice on eating better — like, if your grandma wouldn't recognize what you're eating as food, don't eat it; and if what you're eating has a marketing budget, don't eat it. The main, and most famous rule, is "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

Now, Pollan is asking for your family's healthy eating food rules for the next edition of his rulebook.

Here's a snippet from his article on Grist.org:

The premise of Food Rules is that culture has much to teach us about how to choose, prepare, and eat food and that this wisdom is worth collecting and preserving before it disappears. In recent years, we've deferred to the voices of science and industry when it comes to eating, yet often their advice has served us poorly, or has merely confirmed the wisdom of our grandmothers after the fact. "Eat your colors," an Australian reader's grandmother used to tell her; now we hear the same advice from nutritionists, citing the value of including in the diet as many different phytochemicals as possible.

Read more, and find out how to send in your food rules, here.

Here's a Democracy Now! interview with Pollan about his latest book:

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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