Food for Thought

17 Jan

Michael Pollan, in In Defense of Food:

“There are in fact hundreds of foodish products in the supermarket that your ancestors simply wouldn’t recognize as food: breakfast cereal bars transected by bright white veins representing, but in reality having nothing to do with, milk; “protein waters” and “nondairy creamer”; cheeselike food-stuffs equally innocent of any bovine contribution; cakelike cylinders (with creamlike fillings) called Twinkies that never grow stale.  Don’t eat anything incapable of rotting is another personal policy you might consider adopting…

…Very often food science’s efforts to make traditional foods more nutritious make them much more complicated, but not necessarily any better for you.  To make dairy products low fat, it’s not enough to remove the fat.  You then have to go to great lengths to preserve the body or creamy texture by working in all kinds of food additives.  In the case of low-fat or skim milk, that usually means adding powdered milk.  But powdered milk contains oxidized cholesterol, which scientists believe is much worse for your arteries than ordinary cholesterol, so food makers sometimes compensate by adding antioxidants, further complicating what had been a simple one-ingredient whole food.  Also, removing the fat makes it that much harder for your body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins [A, D] that are one of the reasons to drink milk in the first case.”

Are you eating food or food products?

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One Response to “Food for Thought”

  1. Susan smash 01/18/2012 at 12:40 pm #

    If twinkies are bad, I don’t wanna be good.

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