Real Food vs. Nutrition
From the famous first line of the book, “Eat food. Not much. Mostly plants” (Pollen 1) marked the critical thought of the author contrasting real food with nutrition. From the book, he argued that nowadays, when you walk through the aisles of groceries, instant foods come in a range of choices which unfittingly support healthy lifestyle. In the modern world of food industry, shelf life becomes long enough that it would seemingly not look stale.
Because what is being consumed today is not real food, instead, we eat edible food imitations. What comprise inside the packed-food that is supposedly be dietary healthy foods are no longer products of nature but are products of science. For years, development in science has created replacement of food by nutrients. Yet, the Western Diet has not fully proved its efficiency of providing consumers proper dietary needs. Food science has not served its consumers well. From Pollen’s perspective, the best approach to avoid diseases brought about by these food sciences is to eat unprocessed food.
Pollan, M. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. New York: Penguin Press HC, 2008.