A 10,000 word piece by Michael Pallan about the state of our food (he's talking about America but I think the same lessons apply here). I couldn't be bothered to read it all, his arguments against processed food didn't seem controversial to me, and skipped ahead to the advice which I have summarized here:
- Don't eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.
- Avoid even those food products that come bearing health claims.
- Especially avoid food products containing ingredients that are a) unfamiliar, b) unpronounceable c) more than five in number - or that contain high-fructose corn syrup.
- Get out of the supermarket whenever possible.
- Pay more, eat less.
- Eat mostly plants, especially leaves.
- Eat more like the French. Or the Japanese. Or the Italians. Or the Greeks.
- Eat like an omnivore.
Over the last 3 or 4 years my diet has drifted in this direction although I confess I have lapsed a bit recently. Time to refocus on eating well.