I agree with you! I'm still listening to the audio version of this book and will probably listen to it a few more times to absorb it all. But Pollan goes far in debunking the popular food myths of today with his own in depth research. I like how he plays his own "devil's advocate" where he makes a presumption based on current reseach evidence, but then looks at the results from several different angles --
We can assume from the research results that X is true, but what about this situation, or that other one? And then there's this other research that says Y is true. So is X really a true reflection of what's actually occuring??
I have read half of this book, and it is excellent. THe FDA is not protecting us in the ways one would hope. Marketing is a huge factor. The low-fat movement was based on theory. The theory was that eating fat will make you fat, but low-fat dieting has been starving us of the good fats we need to function well. Eating low-fat processed products, often pushes people into eating more carbs which then causes weight gain. I think approximately 60 % of our brain is comprised of fat...so we need to eat fat ..the good fats. THis was a very eye-opening book! I highly recommend it.
...most of what we are consuming today is not food and how we are consuming it - in the car, in front of the TV - is not really eating. In stead of food we are consuming edible "foodlike substances", no longer a product of nature but of food science. Many of them come packaged with health claims that should be our first clue that they are anything but healthy. In the so called Western Diet, food has been replaced by nutrients and common sense by confusion. This is the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we seem to become."
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