Escaping from the Western Diet

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Timothy J Salas 9/29/14 Escape from the Western Diet Summary In the article “Escape from the Western Diet” by Michael Pollan says there many different nutritional theories that causes a large number of diseases to those who eat a “Western Diet”. Pollan disagrees with these theories and says that both the food and health industries are to blame for this. Pollan claims the food industry is to blame because they use these different nutritional theories to release new products, and that the health industry is to blame because they use these theories to develop new drugs and treatment methods to profit off them. Denis Burkitt an english doctor stationed in africa during WW2 suggests that the only way to avoid this is to “go backwards to the diet and lifestyle of our ancestors” which Pollan says “to eat foods that are less processed”. Pollan points out that this is easier said then done by describing its not as straightforward as it sounds and that even factors like soil condition and livestock can make this concept a daunting task. Pollan’s answer to this is to simply eat smarter and he goes as far as suggesting that we are part of the problem because we do not spend enough money or time in terms of preparing our food. During his conclusion Pollan gives three rules that he claims will help “Escape the Western Diet”, which include: Eating Food (not too much), and eating mostly plants. which is pretty basic when you think about

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