From the New York Timesâ series âBooks of the Timesâ comes this thoughtful, insightful review of food writer Michael Pollanâs recent work, âIn Defense of Food: An Eaterâs Manifest.â
Obsessed With Nutrition? Thatâs an Eating Disorder
By JANET MASLIN
New York Times
January 3, 2008
Not all scientific study of Mars is about extraterrestrial exploration. Some of it is about chocolate. Scientists at Mars Corporation have found evidence that the flavanols in cocoa have beneficial effects on the heart, thus allowing Mars to market products like its health-minded Rich Chocolate Indulgence Beverage.
In the same spirit, nutritionism has lately helped to justify vitamin-enriched Diet Coke, bread bolstered with the Omega-3 fatty acids more readily found in fish oil, and many other new improvements on what Michael Pollan calls âthe tangible material formerly known as food.â