A VERY quick read of 64 rules about food that Pollan has established after writing his other books on food and nutrition. These rules lack most of the scientific reasoning of the rules, but the rules themselves are good if you don’t like that kind of thing. Of course, I do like that stuff, so I’m now reading his more in-depth book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”
Quotes – only a couple… Most of the rules are quotable!
- Today foods are processed in ways specifically designed to get us to buy and eat more by pushing our evolutionary buttons—our inborn preferences for sweetness and fat and salt. These tastes are difficult to find in nature but cheap and easy for the food scientist to deploy, with the result that food processing induces us to consume much more of these rarities than is good for us.
- Not surprisingly, the decline in home cooking closely parallels the rise in obesity, and research suggests that people who cook are more likely to eat a more healthful diet.