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Berkeley: Michael Pollan; the Best-Selling Author Talks about His New Book and What Healthy Eating Truly Is-And Isn't

Magazine article Sunset

Berkeley: Michael Pollan; the Best-Selling Author Talks about His New Book and What Healthy Eating Truly Is-And Isn't

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What inspired your new book, In Defense of Food? It grew out of my last book, The Omnivore's Dilemma. Readers were saying, 'Okay, you're telling me where my food comes from, and I'm kind of alarmed to hear this. Now how do I eat?' So I came up with a couple of rules that don't tell you what to eat but how to think about eating.

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A few of the rules Don't eat any food your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food. And these seven words: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

How do you define "food"? I have a very simple food pyramid. There's food, and then there's processed food. I cut out all the processed food, so my pyramid is more of a stump. How can you tell when something is heavily processed? If it has more than five ingredients, it's probably not food.

What's better, eating organic or eating local? It's a false choice. We should be striving to have both. Many small local farms are organic in everything but name; they've simply chosen not to be certified organic by the government.

How does the average person afford farmers' market produce? …

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