Two Facts About Food

Two fundamental facts provide the impetus Americans and other Westerners need to make dietary changes. One, as Mr. Pollan points out, is that populations who rely on the so-called Western diet — lots of processed foods, meat, added fat, sugar and refined grains — “invariably suffer from high rates of the so-called Western diseases: obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.” Indeed, 4 of the top 10 killers of Americans are linked to this diet.

The second fact is that people who consume traditional diets, free of the ersatz foods that line our supermarket shelves, experience these diseases at much lower rates. And those who, for reasons of ill health or dietary philosophy, have abandoned Western eating habits often experience a rapid and significant improvement in their health indicators.

Full review of Michael Pollan’s new book, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.

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  1. Larry C. says:

    I think I am going to go have a cheese burger.

  2. Tom H. says:

    Larry, make mine with fries.

  3. Bruce says:

    I’ll take extra salt on the fries.

  4. Paul H. says:

    Let’s top this meal off with a hot fudge sundae.