Food As Thought By Michael Pollan

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Food and eating as we know are important for our body maintenance and growth process, but can we eat anything we like and trust it? As long as you live in the Western side of this world, you cannot always trust what you digest. As Michael Pollan mentioned, most of the Western food is processed food, which you cannot trust. Pollan is focusing on getting rid of Western diet in the United States and guiding Americans to start eating healthier, and having better eating habits. I agree with his idea because the Western diet is threatening our health and it might become uncontrollable in the coming years. Replacing processed food, and changing bad eating habits can save Americans from many dangerous health problems they are suffering from. Pollan…show more content…
Pollan is against trusting your body with everything you digest, like what Maxfield suggested in her article, “Food as Thought.” As an example, you are craving a 2-quarter pound burger from McDonalds, you will go and order one, and now you will satisfy what your body wants. Does the nutritional value of the sandwich match your body’s needs to function better than healthy a home cooked meal? Of course not, the sandwich will give extra calories and saturated fats, not what your body needs to complete its functions. As Maxfield mentioned in her article, ”Trust yourself. Trust your body. Meet your needs (446).” Yes we can trust our body because we are the ones who know it the most, and we are the ones who can satisfy our body needs the best. However, we cannot trust what we eat all the time; not everything appears as it seems to be to us, and there are many hidden facts behind it. For an example, you order chicken nuggets from a fast food place, you look at it as a regular chicken that you might eat at your house, but unfortunately it is different. Much research has been done on chicken nuggets, and was approved by many researchers. Maria Godoy from the Salt blog reported in 2013, “The nuggets examined were only 50 percent meat at best. The rest consisted of decidedly unappetizing stuff, including fat, blood vessels, nerves and ground bones.” Sounds very…show more content…
They are not only suffering from illness but also the high medical bills are hurting them. Especially obesity is very common in the country and variety of all ages and genders suffer from obesity. Even if an obese person tries to avoid all the fatty food and switch to “fat-free” or “zero-calorie” products, he would not see any great differences or feel different because these products are nothing different than processed food, no high nutritional value. Basically, nothing can replace healthy and real
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