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Food Rules:An Eater's Manual

Book Review:
One of the most trusted source of information about healthy eating, Michael Pollan has released "Food Rules:An Eater's Manual".It is a practical healthy eating guide for every one.The book is short and full of advices about eating habits although these tips are easy to understand but difficult  to follow.Michael has  explained his rules in just 139 pages.The dedication of the book is very interesting and  reflects Michael Pollans thoughts which I want to share with the readers"For my mother,who always knew butter was better for you than margarine". In his  interview he explains some food cultures of his students and he appreciated eastern food culture and Indian which is still using fresh products with spices.
The book consists of three parts which starts with short and complex questions.
  • 1."What should I eat?"
  • 2."What kind of food should I eat?"
  • 3."How should I eat?"
Answering these questions Michael suggests healthy eating habits which are not based on products sold in stores and are highly processed but based on farmer's market,the freshest products,dairy and meat available.This fresh food he says is local,tasty,healthy and environmentally friendly.He further says that mostly people rely on advisors, doctors , experts opinion and food pyramids.Michael Pollan has answered these question in a very simple way and urges his reader to avoid processed food.His simple  rules for eating healthy and happily  are based on culture rather than science.He prefers traditional 
eating habits like "traditional practice of eating tomatoes with olive oil is good for you,because lycopene in the tomatoes is soluble in oil,making it easier for your body to absorb". Pollen further warns Americans and others who eat "typical western"diet which is highly processed foods,meat,fat,sugar and refined grains suffers from diseases of  obesity,type 2 diabetes,cardiovascular disease and cancer.He compares people who consumes traditional diet which is not processed,experiences these disease at much lower rates.Some rules which shows Pollen's wisdom are;
  1. Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
  2. Eat only foods that will eventually rot.
  3. If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.
  4. Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.
  5. Treat treats as treats.
Although the 64 rules of simple food are pleasing and useful but I think if Americans want to follow Pollen's eating advices and manual, they have to change their shopping habits first.
"Food Rules:An Eater's Manual" is the latest book by Michael Pollan .He is a Professor of Journalism at University of California .He is also Director of the Knight Program in Science and Environment Journalism.


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