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In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto Book by Michael Pollan

“Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants”: A Book Review of In Defense of Food and its Key Guidelines for Healthy Eating


Michael Pollan wrote a book called “In Defense of Food,” which looks at the complicated relationship between food and health. The book makes a convincing case that the modern Western diet, with its emphasis on processed foods and convenience, has contributed to an increase in chronic illnesses like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

One of the most notable aspects of In Defense of Food is Pollan’s famous quote, “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” This simple yet powerful statement summarizes Pollan’s approach to healthy eating. He encourages readers to consume whole, natural foods rather than processed foods and to focus on plant-based foods rather than meat.

In addition to this quote, In Defense of Food contains several other guidelines for healthy eating, including:

  1. “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”

2. “Avoid foods that make health claims.”

3. “Cook.”

4. “Eat slowly and savor your food.”

Eat simple and natural diet:

Pollan’s advice is based on a lot of research about nutrition science and the history of how people have eaten. He argues that our ancestors eat a much simpler, more natural diet than we do today, and that this has contributed to the rise in chronic diseases we see today.


Overall, “In Defense of Food” is a well-written book that makes you think and gives you a new way to look at the modern diet. Pollan’s advice on how to eat healthy is simple and easy to follow, and his writing is interesting and easy to understand. Whether you’re interested in improving your own health or are simply curious about the science of nutrition, In Defense of Food is a book well worth reading.

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