In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food

An Eater's Manifesto

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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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. Instead, we're consuming "edible foodlike substances"–no longer the products of nature but of food science. In the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion.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. Real food–the sort of food our great grandmothers would recognize as food–stands in need of a defense from the food industry and nutritional science. Both stand to gain much from widespread confusion about what to eat. Yet thirty years of official nutritional advice has only made us sicker and fatter while ruining countless numbers of meals. Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Urging us to once again eat food, he proposes an alternative way of eating that is informed by the traditions and ecology of real, well-grown, and unprocessed food. IN DEFENSE OF FOOD shows us how we can escape the Western diet and, by doing so, most of the chronic diseases that diet causes. Michael Pollan's last book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, launched a national conversation about the American way of eating; now IN DEFENSE OF FOOD shows us how to change it, one meal at a time.From the Compact Disc edition.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2007
Edition: Unabridged
Description: 1 online resource (5 audio files) : digital
ISBN: 9781415944936
Additional Contributors: Brick, Scott

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Hillsboro_RobP May 16, 2019

A good book for those suspicious of diets, nutritionists, and food fads. Even for someone as addicted to junk food as myself, it's hard not to evaluate what I'm buying and eating after this one. Full of information, not guilt.

note: I may have had a different narrator than other reviewers, because he had no accent and at 1.25 speed really sounded like he was aggressively yelling the info at you. I didn't mind him.

DPLjosie Apr 14, 2018

Definitely an interesting read (listen), but I wasn't totally sold on the narrator. He had a very sophisticated accent that I didn't feel matched well with the material, nor making the subject accessible to a wide audience.

Aug 30, 2017

Very good book full of good information which will make you think.
Pollan is an excellent writer, presenting technical information in a readable and understandable way to the average person.

Sep 15, 2014

This book is a must-read (or listen) for anyone wanting to learn more about the state of food in today's world. It is clear, concise, and not at all dull. Pollan's advice ("Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.") may sound simple, however the majority of us get snagged by the first sentence. What modern industry defines as "food" does not fit Pollan's definition. In a nutshell, anything your grandmother would not have recognized on sight or on an ingredient list probably doesn't qualify. Most modern convenience foods and snacks (think hot pockets and twinkies) are not food but rather "food-like products." Moving back to simple, organic foods is the only surefire way to reduce risk of afflictions such as diabetes and heart disease. Pollan also launches a campaign against nutritionism, or the belief that a healthy diet rests not in foods themselves, but the micro-nutrients they contain. I could say so much more, but if your interest is stirred I encourage you to let Pollan explain it himself!

Jun 20, 2012

I have been recommended this book by several people and was glad I finally got around to reading it.

There is a lot of information about food and nutrition floating around out there. I was especially confused by the recent commotion over high fructose corn syrup. Some people were saying it was perfectly safe, others were saying it wasn't, but no one had any proof to their claims. As a scientist, that bothered me.

In this book, Pollan starts out by giving a history of 'nutritionism.' He then talks about the more recent happenings in food, including discussing the 'cults' of fats, carbohydrates, omega 3 fatty acids, and even high fructose corn syrup. Just as you're feeling as though you won't ever be able to eat healthfully, he gives a detailed explanation of how to do just that and why you should do it.

The only thing I didn't like about this audiobook was the narrator. I looked him up and found he's an award winning narrator, but I don't particularly like his inflections in this book. It makes Pollan's words sound more...snobby. It took a lot of getting used to.

Feb 17, 2011

This is a wonderful book, filled with excellent information that really makes you think. There are some shocking facts to digest but overall well worth reading.

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