So I read Omnivore's Dilemma and since then I have considered picking up Micheal Pollen's follow up book, In Defense of Food. I have had a couple people tell me good things about it, then the other day Kate wrote a post titled:
It lead us to discuss the book briefly, so I finally went out that night and bought the book. I am only through the first third, but it is already creating a lot of discussion with my clients and ideas within my head.
There is one thing that we often forget and that is where and why the science behind our ideas come from. (Believe it or not the researchers do have financial interests in their studies but that's another subject.) Nutrition is no different. I find it incredibly interesting that as a culture we look to our government to tell us how and what to eat. Often we don't even know it...
Right now Pollen is discussing why our popular culture developed fat phobias... which lead to large of amounts of trans fats in our food supply.... which is now being taken out of foods and in New York City (among others I imagine) we are looking to our government again to help remove the trans fats from our foods.
Pollen calls this whole scenario "nutritionism" - as an individual that has many nutrition courses under my belt at the undergraduate and graduate level, I can understand why nutritionism is so attractive. If the population is confused about what to eat, then they'll seek help... surprise, that could just happen to be me or a Registered Dietician that I may refer them to.
I'll update this thread as I keep reading, but wanted to share some thoughts early on.
[side note] Just in the time of typing this, I have seen two related issues on CNBC. One - High brass at Heinz talking about all the new Katchup products they are putting out and Two - a story about if govt. or private industry should be in control of food safety.... when a culture's food supply is so controversial, it creates scary scenarios for me. [end note]