Monday, August 1, 2011


from "Food Rules: An Eater's Manual," by Michael Pollan


PART I: What Should I eat?
(Eat food.)

RULE #13 - Eat only foods that will eventually rot.

What does it mean for food to "go bad"? It usually means that the fungi and bacteria and insects and rodents with whom we compete for nutrients and calories have gotten to it before we did. Food processing began as a way to extend the shelf life of food by protecting it from its competitors. This is often accomplished by making the food less appealing to them, by removing nutrients from it that attract competitors, or by removing nutrients from it that attract competitors, or by removing other nutrients likely to turn rancid, like omega-3 fatty acids. The more processed a food is, the longer the shelf life, and the less nutritious it typically is. Real food is alive - and therefore, it should eventually die. (There are a few exceptions to this rule: For example, honey has a shelf life measured in centuries.) Note: Most of the immortal foodlike substances in the supermarket are found in the middle aisles.

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."


  1. Thank you so much for the kind words on my blog yesterday!

  2. You are more than welcome! After reading your blog quietly for a long time, it's about time that I started to let you know that I've been reading and celebrating your successes along the way, too! (And I call it being "shy" rather than "lurking" !).