This past summer I read Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. If nothing else, check out the last section of the book which outlines Pollan’s food guidelines. He does not tell us what to eat or where to shop specifically, but rather provides what he believes are general rules to follow in order to consume and support “real” food.
My favorite guideline is to avoid foods that your grandmother (or great-grandmother, if you’re of a younger generation) wouldn’t recognize as food. This advice, of course, comes with it’s grain of salt. Your grandmother didn’t necessarily eat and cook what my grandmother did. Also, there are many real foods nowadays that she may not have recognized years ago simply because she wasn’t exposed to such a luxurious array of exotic fruits and foreign spices as we are today. I think the goal of this advice is to limit our consumption of highly processed foods with those unnecessarily long lists of ingredients. For example, would your grandmother recognize that box of Fruit Loops as a breakfast food?
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