The reason I bring it up in today’s post is because he echoed what many food and nutrition experts have repeatedly said about healthy eating.
Dr. David Katz, Director and founder of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, referenced an extensive body of research before concluding that the best diet for health is one that is full of “wholesome foods in sensible combinations…wholesome foods means vegetables, fruits, whole grans, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds with or without everything else.”
Marion Nestle, a world-renowned nutrition expert, recommends to “eat your veggies, vary the foods you eat, don’t gorge, and enjoy what you eat.”
Food is defined as “any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth.”
As Mark Bittman says, soda is not a food. So called health bars that have the same nutrition profile of Snickers are not food. Anything, including yogurt, that gets more than 50% of its calories from sugar is not food. A chip, whole grain or otherwise, that gets 90% of its calories from chemically extracted oils is not food.
Food labeling, advertising, inaccurate interpretation and dissemination of nutrition research, habits, lifestyle and more distract us from acknowledging and adhering to what we already know.
Michael Pollan sums it up best in seven words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Need a boost to help you include more vegetables in your diet? Check out the 1-2-3 Rule and “How to eat plant foods in spite of GI issues.”