Food Rules: An Eater's Manual Quotes.

1. "What an extraordinary achievement for a civilization: to have developed the one diet that reliably makes its people sick!"
- Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

2. "Not everyone can afford to eat well in America, which is a literal shame, but most of us can: Americans spend less than 10 percent of their income on food, less than the citizens of any other nation."
- Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

3. "...There's a lot of money in the Western diet. The more you process any food, the more profitable it becomes. The healthcare industry makes more money treating chronic diseases (which account for three quarters of the $2 trillion plus we spend each year on health care in this country) than preventing them."
- Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

4. "Use the apple test "If you're not hungry enough to eat an apple, you're not hungry."
- Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

5. "For a product to carry a health claim on its package, it must first have a package, so right off the bat it's more likely to be processed rather than a whole food."
- Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

6. "Eating in our time has gotten complicated — needlessly so, in my opinion. I will get to the needlessly part in a moment, but consider first the complexity that now attends this most basic of creaturely activities. Most of us have come to rely on experts of one kind or another to tell us how to eat — doctors and diet books, media accounts of the latest findings in nutritional science, government advisories and food pyramids, the proliferating health claims on food packages. We may not always heed these experts’ advice, but their voices are in our heads every time we order from a menu or wheel down the aisle in the supermarket. Also in our heads today resides an astonishing amount of biochemistry. How odd is it that everybody now has at least a passing acquaintance with words like antioxidant, saturated fat, omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, polyphenols, folic acid, gluten, and probiotics? It’s gotten to the point where we don’t see foods anymore but instead look right through them to the nutrients (good and bad) they contain, and of course to the calories — all these invisible qualities in our food that, properly understood, supposedly hold the secret to eating well."
- Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

7. "Be the kind of person who takes supplements -- then skip the supplements."
- Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

8. "Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food."
- Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

9. "...Only the big food manufacturers have the wherewithal to secure FDA-approved health claims for their products and then trumpet them to the world. Generally, it is the products of modern food science that make the boldest health claims, and these are often founded on incomplete and often bad science."
- Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

10. "Eating what stands on one leg [mushrooms and plant foods] is better than eating what stands on two legs [fowl], which is better than eating what stands on four legs [cows, pigs, and other mammals]."
- Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

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