In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food

An Eater's Manifesto

DVD - 2016
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""Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of food journalist Pollan's thesis. Humans used to know how to eat well, he argues, but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." Indeed, plain old eating is being replaced by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Pollan's advice is: "Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food." Looking at what science does and does not know about diet and health, he proposes a new way to think about what to eat, informed by ecology and tradition rather than by the nutrient-by-nutrient approach"--
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, [2016]
Edition: Widescreen.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781627895743
Branch Call Number: 363.8 IN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda
4 3/4 in.,rda


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Sep 10, 2017

Only for teens and youngsters who may not know whats actually good or bad for them. Organic is good but pricey - locally sourced better. Lots of teach with little heart or crunch.

Sep 09, 2016

Felt like a commercial for whole foods. When he says positive things about "organic" foods, and then does not defend that statement with science, I wonder why.

That said, people are stupid when it comes to food. His conclusion is: eat less, more veggies and fruits and forget processed food. Everyone already knows this... I mean you do... think about it. If you claim ignorance, it is simply because you don't want to stop eating what you know is bad for you, because you like it more than your health.

Jul 15, 2016

Important information for yours and your loved ones.
If you take a small part of your well help a great deal with ones life time health.

Jun 27, 2016

After reading a plethora of nutrition-related books, I really appreciated the objective of this DVD by Michael Pollan - to attempt to provide some simple guidelines to follow when making food choices. He distills the conclusions from his extensive nutritional research into seven words - "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." - and then explains the research and reasoning behind each.

Jun 03, 2016

I have family members (as do most Americans, I'm sure) who struggle with health problems that are related to our dietary choices, so I really appreciate someone taking the time to break down all the health and nutrition information that's out there, build some historical and social context for consumers, and then putting together what turns out to be a VERY simple message about how to make healthy eating choices:
Eat (real) food ... not too much ... MOSTLY plants.

I also love his coining of the phrase "edible food-like substances" as a reflection of all the over-processed, ultra-hyped food products on the market today. In our household, less than 24 hrs after watching this, we tweeked it to "Edible Like-Food Substances" or ELFS and it's already become a catch-phrase for the entire family.

May 18, 2016

This is a great movie that everyone should see! It tells you a whole story of what we eat and what we should eat to stay healthy and live long.

real_thing Apr 13, 2016

very interesting facts about food


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