If you had to choose between celery and hot dogs for the rest of your life, which would be the "healthy" choice? The answer may surprise you...
Pollan sets out to establish a guideline for what people should eat, and he's quite successful. This isn't and anti-dieting book, but it's not a guide to "nutrition" either; instead, the book sets out cases and examples that willl make you think twice about the assumptions you have about food (and "food products"), and hopefully will help you figure out how to eat more food and less garbage.
I found this book easy and interesting to listen too. It has more practical detail as to how to eat better. And, it puts it in interesting context about the farming and food industry. He explains how to better shop for food. Like stick to the outside edges of the supermarket where the whole foods are, like produce, versus the processed foods in the rest of the store. Eat what your great grandparents ate a hundred years ago, versus processed foods. Added supplements and products with the latest health claims are more for marketing, like the Pom Pom pomegranate drink, etc. It's better just to eat a whole pomegranate. The Omnivore's Dilemma goes into more detail about the modern and traditional farming of food, which I found to be a little boring and less applicable, unless I want to grow my own food, go to a local small farmer, etc.
Like other reviewers, I blame Scott Brick a little for the low review. I love Scott Brick -as in Jason Bourne - but not so much in non-fiction. He reads as if everything is a conspiracy! And no help from the author as he writes it that it is a conspiracy. At the end, I am left wondering "is anything healthy to eat?" He gives some good advice at the end, and pretty much says what healthy eaters already know. However, I did find that it made me think more when I buy food - do I really want to eat THAT? A good listen for encouraging healthy eating and why so many of us don't, and why food companies put out the "foof" they do.
I am sympathetic to Michael Pollan’s way of thinking about food so this was an interesting presentation of what I already believe. I would recommend this book to those of like minds, for example if you enjoyed The Omnivore’s Dilemma. However, I have the same criticism as I did of his previous work. It tends to be a little on the officious side, and as much as I like Scott Brick, he is the wrong narrator for this book. A little officious become downright pompous with Brick’s narration. If I did not agree with the content it would be difficult to finish the book.
easy to follow, factual and exciting, Micheal Pollan delivers a must read for anyone who partakes in eating at anytime in their lives!
Army Medic trades life of lust & danger for safer, sedentary pursuits. Now controlled by naked cats; allowed small indulgence in Audiobooks
I have to admit, even though I truly liked the book and greatly appreciated the information; emotionally it had me in knots, still feel that way. You know you are being marketed to with every food ad or show on tv, in the store and online. It comes down to who you trust to give you factual information about food and you find that everyone has an agenda and that every choice I thought I was making based on good information is probably killing me slowly. For me, reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma first as has been suggested by other reviewers didn’t help me feel any better about this book, but I do recommend it. I can look at my food choices with scrutiny but with a better understanding of why I made that choice and make a plan of how I go forth in becoming better informed about what I eat. I need to know so much more.
If I have any issue with the book, it's that I'm not a "foodie". I'm well traveled and have been exposed to many foods, but I'm not a foodie like you almost have to be in order to eat like Pollen suggest. Also I wish Pollen could given more about the politics of food. Anyone of a lower income and limited access to food choices either by income or access have not much choice than to be a victim of food companies a well as the healthcare system gaining revenue from our poor "nutrition".
Scott Brick for sure (LoL)
no, but I might have to seek him out. I bet he could make the process of grass growing seem like a murder mystery.
The narration done by Scott Brick was well done, if not just a tad bit too dramatic which I’m sure added to my anxiety but in retrospect probably was helpful in presenting what is not a simple issue.
Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.
If you read Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma you don't need to read this one. More of the same. Interesting stuff but I got the point already.
Not enough new ideas
No way. That would be a serious stretch. I guess you could do a documentary.
Everyone should understand the histrory of what we currently are eating - which isn't food but rather food like products.
The given reasons of why we are so confused over what is healthy to eat and what isn't.
He gave the book the feeling that the Author was there in the room with me giving me a lecture worth my time.
Would have liked to but needed to listen to it in installment,
Love to read. Love to write.
I loved this book and since listening to it a couple of months ago, have changed my eating habits and rarely eat processed food anymore - not that I used to eat much of it before, but this motivated me to decide that I pretty much can live quite happily without it. I feel the information is presented in a logical way that not only educates but motivates. Loved Scott Brick's narration. Would, and have, recommended this to many people.
After visiting my doctor and discovering that I have very high levels of cholesterol, I asked him what kind of diet I should be on and he said I should probably just read this book.
This book is an excellent read (listen) that really appeals to logic and common sense. I think Pollan unpacks and often unravels the history and mythologies built into nutrition science and the modern diet in a well researched, well thought out way. I was particularly surprised at some of the massively important decisions made in America's past (like the development of the Food Pyramid) based on rather insubstantial studies and a large amount of commercial lobbying.
If anything I believe this is an important book just for really pointing out how new and underdeveloped the science of nutrition is and how we should all be very wary of headlines such as "New Study reveals XYZ". In fact, I think it's an important lesson in how science itself works and definitely points out some of it's limitations. Not that science itself is flawed, but that it takes time, research, new tools, new minds, new discoveries until it really gets at the heart of the phenomenon being studied. I think this book highlights the dangers of taking new and underdeveloped science and applying it to public policy.
The book itself does seem a little repetitive, and the reader while good, can sound a bit dry (probably more to do with the subject matter). This is generally why I rate it a 4 instead of a 5.
As for the cholesterol issue, I still am left at the end of this book wondering if it's even something I should be worried about? Is it the cause or just and indicator of possible heart disease...or is it pretty much unrelated? Is it fat or carbs or some combination of those and other nutrients that cause it? Regardless, I think this book has pushed me to embrace a new diet in which perhaps it really doesn't matter what the facts end up being because (in addition to good exercise of course) eating what we've essentially evolved to eat should basically let me live as we evolved to live. Pretty simple concept indeed.