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Defending the food, a manifesto of the well eating

In a recent book Michael Pollan invites people to acquire a deeper awareness and attention capability in choosing the food. Every chapter is a strong battle against the idea of “nutritionism”

There are many books for the people that love thinking, and they are necessary in that times in which the society tends to consider just the superficial aspects of the problems. On the contrary, other book, besides helping us in understanding the reality, pushes us to act. The latter is the case of a book by the American writer Michael Pollan (, titled In defense of food. An eater’s manifesto. The book is full of interesting ideas and, since the first chapter, it is a true manifesto of well eating. And Pollan knows a lot about diet habits.

This is a theme that he studied a lot in the past. As a matter of fact he is already well-known for his successful The Omnivore's Dilemma. A Natural History of Four Meals. Reading In defense of food. An eater’s manifesto, the reader gains the awareness that we cannot be unaware consumers.

On the contrary, he has to gain a deeper awareness of what we are buying. And nobody is extraneous to the alimentary problem. In the book introduction Pollan recalls that the World Health Organization announced that for the first time the total number of obese people exceeded the number of the malnutrite ones, with all the well-known health consequences.

Michael Pollan - photo Alia Malley

This social alarm no longer concerns the US, only. Hence the invitation to eat better and with care, by choosing true and fresh foods, without missing vegetables. In the seventeen chapters of the book he faces many questions that are usually ignored by the consumers. In particular, he fights against people that propagate the ideas of nutritionism, impoverishing the food identity, making it just a nutrient and favoring the alimentary industries lobby.

Pollan reacts with solid argumentations, unmasking the ambiguities of that people that mind just the money, to the detriment of a correct diet and of the wellbeing of all of us; both our full rights.

Finally, very basic but effective the invitation of Michael Pollan to “avoid everything that your grand grandmother would not recognize as food”. Hence, all the customers are aware, now!

by Luigi Caricato
04 january 2010, Food Notes > Miscellanea