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Pass the real food; hold the nutrition advice

July 24th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Books about food, Healthy eating, Research

I’ve about had it with science and nutrition, the combination that is. Those of you who follow such things may recall the publicity Michael Pollan gave the concept of nutritionism. I thought he had a point, but I thought there was still room for studying nutrition, diet and health, especially since so many health problems […]

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Real Food, Part 5: Real food at a real table

June 27th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Environment, Food selection, Healthy eating, local food

In Part 5 of a 5-part series on Real Food: What to Eat and Why, we note that individuals can make some changes to eating local foods and less-processed foods, but U.S. farm policy needs to change before Americans’ diets change significantly. She convincingly reports the advantages of real versus industrial foods but doesn’t show how people on a large scale can get real foods.

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Real Food, Part 4: Let livestock eat grass

June 26th, 2007 · Comments Off on Real Food, Part 4: Let livestock eat grass · Environment, Food selection, Healthy eating

In Real Food: What to Eat and Why, author Nina Planck asserts that livestock raised on grass and in pastures is healthier and produces healthier meat, eggs and dairy products. Planck also praises raw milk as better than pasteurized milk. These aren’t always easy to find and can be very expensive.

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Real Food, Part 3: Fats to make you thin

June 24th, 2007 · 6 Comments · Environment, Food selection, Healthy eating

In Real Food: What to Eat and Why, author Nina Planck argues that “industrial fats” such as vegetable (soy) oil and corn oil cause of numerous U.S. health problems, especially heart disease, because their excess Omega 6 fats and oxidation properties promote inflammation.

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Real Food, Part 2: Industrial food viewed as dietary demon

June 20th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Food selection, Healthy eating

In Real Food: What to Eat and Why, Nina Planck blames today’s obesity, heart disease, stroke and diabetes on food products created in the 20th century, products that change what nature made. She proposes eating lots of fruits and vegetables and avoiding processed foods and foods produced through industrial methods.

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Real Food, Part 1: Planck promotes ‘real’ foods

June 19th, 2007 · Comments Off on Real Food, Part 1: Planck promotes ‘real’ foods · Environment, Food selection, Healthy eating, local food

Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck proposes that the modern health issues result from industrial foods. That is, food that has been cultivated and processed using intensive chemical and physical processes unknown or unused before the 20th century. She says a return to eating grass-fed and pastured animals and their products–and away from Omega 6 intensive vegetable and corn oils as well as transfats–will restore the health of U.S. eaters. She fails to adequately address the role of inactive lifestyles, however.

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