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  • In Defense of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (593)

    "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, but read The Omnivore's Dilemma first"
    "Repetitive and full of broad assertions"
    Overall

    The overall thesis of this book is interesting and in my opinion valid: "Eat food. Not to much. Mostly plants". The underlying point, that both what we eat and how it is produced has changed dramatically over the past forty years, is interesting and generally substantiated.

    However, the book was extremely repetitive. The same theme was hit over and over again without going into more detail each time. Overall I found this book was not researched well enough and relied far to much on generalities. Particularly annoying was the unsubstantiated and oft repeated claim that 'traditional diets' are healthier than modern diets. Although this may be true, Pollan provides no evidence for this, nor does he even try to take on the obvious rebuttal that we live far longer today than we ever did on 'traditional diets'.

    As I am already sympathetic to the underlying cause, I really hoped this book would be more convincing than it actually was.


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