In Defense of Food

by Andrea Morris
Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015



Image credit: Courtesy of John Chater

Join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to find out what we should eat to be healthy. Pollan cuts through today’s barrage of conflicting dietary messages to reveal how common sense and old-fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the pleasures of eating, while at the same time reduce our risks of falling victim to diet-related diseases.

Pollan’s journey of discovery takes him from the plains of Tanzania, where one of the world’s last remaining tribes of hunter-gatherers still eats the way our ancestors did; to Loma Linda, California, where vegetarian Seventh Day Adventists enjoy remarkable longevity; and eventually to Paris, where the French diet, rooted in culture and tradition, proves surprisingly healthy. Along the way, he shows how a combination of faulty nutrition science and deceptive marketing practices have encouraged us to replace real food with scientifically engineered “food-like substances.” And he explains why the solution to our dietary woes is in fact remarkably simple: Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.

In Defense of Food airs tonight at 9pm on WGBH 2. Find more showtimes

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