Friday, January 29, 2010

Quirky Food Rules

The official web site of Bon Appetit magazine,, recently interviewed food expert Michael Pollen (of The Omnivore’s Dilema fame) about his recently published book, Food Rules. Pollen, a proponent of grass-fed cattle and free-range chicken and adversary of all foods "fake", discusses how his prescription for eating "real food" in moderation and sidestepping the Western diet increases health, prevents disease, and lengthens life.

Pollen says the rules in his new book developed naturally from the mantra he came up with in his book In Defense of Food: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

Here are some of Pollen’s Quirky Food Rules:

Rule 20:
It's not food if it arrived through the window of your car.

Rule 21:It's not food if it's called by the same name in every language (think Big Mac, Cheetos, or Pringles).

Rule 26:Drink the spinach water.

Rule 32:Don't overlook the oily little fishes.

Rule 36:Don't eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.

Rule 57:
Don't get your fuel from the same place your car does

I found these questions to be thought-conducive and prompted me to re-evaluate and think more carefully about where I obtain my food and the nutritional levels of it. Favorite rules, anyone?


  1. I love Michael Pollan! It is hard not to preach his doctrine to all my friends on fad diets. My favorite is "don't eat anything your grandparents or great-grandparents wouldn't recognize as food."

  2. Yes! Another one I didn't post but always think about when reading food labels is not to buy eat something if you don't know what the listed ingredients are (ie, ultra hydrogenated whey hypoflamogenators)...


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