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Author Pollan, Michael.

Title In defence of food : the myth of nutrition and the pleasures of eating / Michael Pollan
Edition New [edition]
Published London : Allen Lane, 2008


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Description 242 pages ; 22 cm
Contents Introduction. An eater's manifesto -- I. The age of nutritionism -- 1. From foods to nutrients -- 2. Nutritionism defined -- 3. Nutritionism comes to market -- 4. Food science's golden age -- 5. The melting of the lipid hypothesis -- 6. Eat right, get fatter -- 7. Beyond the pleasure principle -- 8. The proof in the low-fat pudding -- 9. Bad science -- 10. Nutritionism's children -- II. The Western diet and the disease of civilization -- 1. The aborigine in all of us -- 2. The elphant in the room -- 3. The industrialization of eating : what we do know -- III. Getting over nutritionism -- 1. Escape from the Western diet -- 2. Eat food : food defined -- 3. Mostly plants : what to eat -- 4. Not too much : how to eat -- Sources -- Index
Summary "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defence of Food. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists - all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion. As a result we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not 'real'. These 'edible food-like substances' are often packaged with labels bearing health claims that are typically false and misleading. Indeed, real food is fast disappearing from the marketplace, to be replaced by 'nutrients', and plain old eating has been replaced by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. It seems that we have forgotten about the sheer peasure that can come from eating simple, healthy and, most importantly, real food. Michael Pollan's last book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, is currently an extraordinary American bestseller, which for hundreds of thousands of people has shown just how badly wrong the food industry has gone. In Defence of Food is his practical call to action - a bracing and eloquent manifesto that will enrich our lives and our palates, and enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy and happy." - product description
Notes Previous ed.: published as In defense of food. New York: Penguin
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Food habits.
Author Pollan, Michael. In defense of food.
ISBN 9781846140969 hardback
184614096X hardback
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