I thought maybe there was a book discussion on "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan but I guess not. Anyway, it's a good read if you don't turn the "rules" into a new fear-based diet. They're basic principles like eating more plants and eating food your grandparents would recognize. Anyway, this book has been turned into a 2-hour PBS documentary. I watched it this afternoon and enjoyed it. It covers topics like the history of processed food, urban food deserts, happy gut bacteria, community gardens, hunters and gatherers, french foodies, and 100 year-old vegetarians playing ping pong.
I enjoyed the lack of hysteria. A lot of times food documentaries have a scary agenda. Everybody needs to go vegan at once, or low carb, or stop eating sugar, or avoid gluten. This one is more about moderation and eating mostly whole foods. Michael Pollan emphasizes the importance of sitting down to meals, connecting with people, taking pleasure in your food, and not stressing about "nutritionism."
My favorite part was when they were talking to a hunter/gatherer guy who risked his life climbing huge trees barefoot to get honey. He said through a translator, "Sometimes I eat so much honey I don't feel good." Cracked me up! We can relate, dude. :-)
You can watch this on the PBS app, on iTunes, and on the PBS website:
Anybody seen it?