Michael Pollan Discusses Food Inc Documentary on Oprah Winfrey TV Show

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(Best Syndication News) The Food Inc documentary was discussed on the Oprah Winfrey Show Wednesday. The startling documentary has been on sale since 2008 but hasn’t garnered much attention until now.

Michael Pollan, author of “Food Rules”, says Americans need to get back to eating “whole foods.” People that eat a diet of traditional whole foods typically do not suffer from type-2 diabetes and heart disease. Even Eskimos with their high fat diet do not suffer from high rates of heart disease.

Pollan says stay away from processed foods. Don’t worry about carbs or fat, but eat a diet rich in whole foods. “It is about eating minimally processed plants, animals and fungi.”

Here are some of the rules discussed on the show:

#2 - Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. Pollan gave portable yogurt tubes as an example. Would your great-grandmother recognize this as food?

#7 - Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third grader cannot pronounce.

#13 - Only eat foods that will eventually rot. Pollan mentioned individually packaged little cakes stuffed with cream (golden color).

#39 – You can eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself. If you want French fries, cook them yourself.

Do you want to pay for real food now or pay the doctor later, Oprah asked. The less we spend on food, the more we spend on health care, Pollan replied.

Pollan said the low-fat diet craze made everyone fatter. When you cut out one thing, like fat, you end up eating more processed carbohydrates. This may have led to our obesity epidemic.

Oprah asked Pollan what he ate. “I cook a lot”, the author responded. Cooking is the only way you can take back control of your diet from the corporations that control your food.

Corporations tend to use too much salt and sugar. It may be convenient, but if you understand what it takes to make food that cheap, you will lose your appetite.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Writer

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