Michael Pollan's Dietary Rules To Eat By


Rules to live by in the New York Times

The New York Times devotes an entire issue of the magazine to food, and of course, Michael Pollan has a place on the menu. He takes our our beloved KFC double down sandwich, Froot Loops being a smart choice, and how science often gets it wrong (as he insists about margarine).

He posts his favourite reader-submitted tips, many of which are good common sense, but I think some might question his main proposition, that our cultural accumulated wisdom is better than science:


How did humans manage to choose foods and stay healthy before there were nutrition experts and food pyramids or breakfast cereals promising to improve your child's focus or restaurant portions bigger than your head? We relied on culture, which is another way of saying: on the accumulated wisdom of the tribe. (Which is itself another way of saying: on your mom and your friends.) All of us carry around rules of thumb about eating that have been passed down in our families or plucked from the cultural conversation.

Clearly he never met my mom, who never met a fatty brisket or out-of-season Peruvian asparagus she didn't like. I suspect that much depends on where Mom and your family came from. Many might also question whether people stayed healthy before there were nutrition experts; they died a lot younger, usually with few teeth in their head. But notwithstanding, Michael Pollan is always a good read. More rules to live by in the New York Times Magazine

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Michael Pollan on How No One Cooks Any More
Michael Pollan: The Government Makes You Fat
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