Tuesday, January 26, 2010

If it Claims to be Healthy, then it's not really Food

"A health claim on a food product is a good indication that it's not really food." That's a quote from Michael Pollan that I just came upon.

As usual, Pollan gives sound advice.

If you come across something in the grocery store which claims it's good for you, then it's probably the worst thing you can eat.

So, the lesson is, avoid buying or eating anything with a health claim attached to it. Stick to simple foods with one ingredient, and if you buy things in packages (like pasta, cans of beans etc), then make sure you can easily recognize every ingredient listed on the package.


  1. There used to be a great video at vegsource.com by Jeff Novick called "'Health Food' vs Healthy Food". There's a clip now, here's a link:
    http://www.vegsource.com/articles2/novick_promo.htm I can't find the whole video anywhere online now.

    There is MUCH that Novick and the others at vegsource teach that I don't agree with -- veganism being the healthiest way to eat being the first and foremost, followed by the necessity for a very low-fat diet. But this video was informative and entertaining as well.

  2. Oh, I like the ideal of sticking to things that are single ingredients -- or made from single ingredients.

  3. I always believe that anything taken to extremes is ultimately unsound and unhealthy, and veganism is one of those extremes.

    I believe that a mostly vegan diet consisting of alot of raw fruits and veggies is the healthiest diet, but if you go completely vegan, you're probably missing out on some key nutrients which in the long run is unhealthy.

    Plus, I don't believe in being a food pain in the ass, and the minute you say "I don't eat X" no matter what your reasons, you become a FPAI.