Marion Nestle is one of my favorite writers and food thinkers. Her book “Food Politics” is the first book I believe everyone should read if they want to understand the influence agri-business and food corporations have on the Federal Government, especially the USDA and FDA.
She has a new book and is making the rounds doing interviews, including a recent one at Epicurious.com.It is here where she states two things that are the foundation of my own food beliefs.
You can describe a healthy diet in ten words: “Eat less, move more, eat lots of fruits and vegetables.” If that’s not enough, add “Go easy on junk foods.”
Note her choice of words here. She’s not saying “This is how you lose weight”, rather she is saying “This is a healthy diet”, a distinction that is quite important.
No single food is good or bad: We’re designed to eat a variety of things…Remember that all over the world people grow, flourish, and do well as long as they get enough calories and variety. Marketers want you to think you have to eat their product to be healthy, but that makes no sense from a biological standpoint.
It’s a simple concept, but one that’s often forgotten when blindsinded by all the food marketers and press.
If you haven’t read Marion Nestle, you really should.