Friday, November 30, 2007

More on What to Eat

More interesting information from Michael Pollan's Unhappy Meals

The rules of thumb at the end are great, and good common sense for eating healthy.
Here are some of his suggestions:
  • Don't eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food (my personal favorite- easy to remember!)
  • Food products with health claims are probably not healthy
  • Look at the ingredients- Avoid if ingredients are a) unfamiliar, b) unpronounceable c) more than five in number -- or have HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup)
  • Go to Farmers Markets- less processed foods and harvested and grown locally
  • Pay more, eat less- nutritional quality over quantity
  • Eat mostly vegetables, especially leafy ones
  • Study traditional cultures' eating habits- they are generally healthier than we are (If they weren't healthy, the cultures would not have survived)
  • Cook at home and grow your own food if you can
  • Eat more diverse species- you are more likely to get your nutritional needs

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