Michael Pollan would put me and every other nutrition advisor out of business in no time if people took his advice to heart. In seven words, he has summed up everything we know about good nutrition: “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.”
But what, exactly, does he mean? “Eat food.” Aren’t Doritos and key lime pie “food”? Not according to Pollan. His definition of food revolves around the concept of “unprocessed.” As he elaborates in this delightful 50 page book, nothing with unpronounceable chemical ingredients, manufactured in a factory, or brought through the window of your car counts as “food.”
“Mostly plants”? Does he want us to go vegan? No: Pollan is advocating for more use of plant-based protein, and fruits/veggies grown in preferably good, rich soil. Less of the imported, hybrid, monoculture products we know so well – the tasteless blemish-free tomatoes, the perfect potatoes. No doubt Pollan would champion “ugly produce.”
Might I suggest you read this little gem? You will find that Pollan cuts through jargon and clarifies research in witty, readable prose. Each page is a separate rule. You might take each rule as a one-week challenge: After working through them in a year, you would likely have a normal BMI and an improved body composition.