If It Doesn’t Rot, Don’t Eat It

Web site AlterNet interviews health author Michael Pollon to discuss the state of the food industry and its relation to our health. The interview offers several interesting health tips, but if you’re looking for quick and simple rules of thumb to add to your health regimen, Pollon suggests one tip that’s sure to help: "don’t eat any food that’s incapable of rotting." This idea subscribes to the common wisdom that the more processed a food is (and therefore, less susceptible to rot), the less healthy it is. Granted, this isn’t an altogether new idea (nor is it without exceptions), but it is a good rule of thumb to keep in mind next time you’re reaching into your snack pantry. Check out the article for more useful, common sense tips for staying healthy with your food choices, and share your best healthy-eating rules of thumb in the comments. – [LifeHacker.com]

Acclaimed author and journalist Michael Pollan argues that what most Americans are consuming today is not food but "edible foodlike substances." His previous book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, was named one of 2006’s ten best books by the New York Times and the Washington Post. His latest book is called In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.

Don’t Eat Anything That Doesn’t Rot – [Alternet]

I think this is a great rule of thumb when trying to decide what to eat or when you eat a lot of one thing. You have to do things in moderation and not be all consuming when it comes to food. Fast food everyday can’t be good for anyone. I use to work with a guy who went for a burger and fries everyday of the week. He wanted me to go to lunch with him all the time and that got old fast.

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