A profile outline of a human head with various foods in place of a brain.
A profile outline of a human head with various foods in place of a brain.

Back in 2007, Michael Pollan wrote an article for New York Times Magazine in which he summed up his take on food in seven words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” He had much more to say, but as often happens, the soundbite is what stuck in most people’s minds (certainly mine). Somehow I think he’s probably fine with this.

The advice is pithier than it appears. By “eat food,” he means eat real, whole foods, not “foodlike substances” or “nutrients.” As he says, “Don’t eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” By “not too much,” he means…

Kyle Whitaker

philosopher writing about disagreement, public discussion, trust, expertise, and (occasionally) politics and religion

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