Sunday, July 18, 2010

The fight against processed food

I came across an interesting article in Business Line (July 2, 2010) (through The Hindu / Guardian) titled "Why are we eating our way to death?". 

Some excerpts from the article -
The rules spring from two facts. The first is that people who eat what Mr. Pollan defines as a western diet (“lots of everything except vegetables, fruits and whole grains“) tend to suffer from western ailments: obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The second is that people who eat more traditional diets - including those of certain indigenous peoples - that, by the lights of western food science, might be considered way too high-fat, high-carb or high-protein do not tend to suffer from these diseases. In other words, people can thrive on a wide variety of foods and diets, with one major exception: the diet most of us in the west are now eating.
 Some of his rules -
  • Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food
  • Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does
  • Avoid food products with ‘lite’ or ‘low-fat’ or ‘non-fat’ in their names.
  • The whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead.