Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food investagets the world of nutritionism. Nutritionism concludes that food is made up of nutrients and nutrients are only what the body uses for fuel. Michael can agree with Kat from when she gives her take of nutritionism:

"Nutritionism is the phenomenon that's given us all kinds of super-duper enhanced foods: probiotic yogurts; whole grain cookies that are high in fiber; orange juice with added calcium, and so on. It's a system of formulas, relying on various combinations of carbs, fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients which--in the proper ratios--are supposed to be the key to good health.And yet, all these numbers haven't added up to a healthier nation--on the contrary." Kat

These super enhanced foods create a huge market for companies. Micheal Pollan shows how compaines profit from nutritionism. These companies cannot be blamed however because they are not breaking any laws if their food has enough nutrients. But as Micheal Pollan explained with baby formula, which is constantly being updated with new nutrients to fortify the old formula, maybe the food scientists are still missing nutrients.

The nutrients themselves are a wonder but its how they work within living food. Living food, keeps humans healthy. This is what Michael is trying to convey. Living foods hold more mysteries then just the nutrients they contain. They are they best fuel for our bodies and with out them our health may suffer. The Western Diet worsens our health but I believe that if everyone would just eat a more balanced diet of living foods, fruits and vegetables, everyone can live a better life.

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