Thursday, February 01, 2007

More Unhappy Meals

Michael Pollan's essay has certainly kindled a wide range of commentary from the blogosphere. For your reading pleasure:

Scientific American:
Hard to Swallow Some of Pollan's "Unhappy Meals"

Waisted In Wasteland (Low-Carb):
What Shall We Eat Today?

The Last Atkins Dieter (Low-Carb):
A National Experiment in Mainlining Glucose

Adam Campbell (Fitness/Controlled-Carb):
An Eating Philosophy You Can Live (Well) By

Nutrient-Rich (Vegetarian/Vegan):
NY Times: Michael Pollan on Nutritionism

seitan's delight:
Eat Food: It's like you have to spell it out for these people

It's All One Thing (Vegetarian/Vegan):
The wisest advice about eating

Marc Joseph Nutrition (general nutrition):
How Nutritional Science Has Ruined the Way We Eat - Michael Pollan

Joe Pastry (cooking/baking):
"Unhappy Meals"

5 comments:

  1. Glenice12:23 PM

    Regina,

    I haven't read all the links, but most of them seem very anti-meat! Pollens article seems to have been seized by the vegetarians out there.

    Glenice

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  2. Amazing isn't it?

    Amazing we managed to make it this far as a species too when you consider how much meat our ancestors must have downed!

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  3. Anonymous1:11 PM

    Regina,
    Being someone who favors a paleo-diet, I find that comment about "how much meat our ancestors must have downed" confusing. If you mean over a lifetime you might be mostly right, but it sounds as if you are saying during one meal, or even over the course of a week. Our ancestors ate to live not the other way around which is a big difference to the way western society eats today add to that a sedantary lifestyle and you've got the makings for disaster no matter how they choose to eat. Our ancestors expended much more energy(calories) then they took in and evidence shows they would on average take in a little over 1600 calories daily. So they weren't stuffing their faces with sausage or bacon or lean cuts of meat and then sitting at a desk or watching the evening news. Take the activity away from the equation, you have a half-hearted diet. Not to mention a half-hearted way of life.

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  4. Dear Anonymous,

    What is the 'evidence' that shows our (paleo) ancestors survived on 1600 calories a day? I mean did anybody rent a time machine and spend time with them? 1600 calories is about the minimum needed for basal metabolism.

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  5. Being someone who favors a paleo-diet, I find that comment about "how much meat our ancestors must have downed" confusing. If you mean over a lifetime you might be mostly right, but it sounds as if you are saying during one meal, or even over the course of a week.

    You may enjoy this read:

    http://www.eva.mpg.de/evolution/staff/richards/pdf/Richards_EJCN.pdf

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