Friday, September 18, 2009

1st Blog Post: Pollan's Introductory Ideas

Michael Pollan makes a bold move in battling the rules of nutrition throughout the first four chapters. Although he provides plenty of references in his arguments, I enjoy the fact that he still pokes fun at little history blips in the food industry. He sends a message that is clear and concise, yet still leaves some thought up in the air for the reader to decide. He certainly tries to involve the reader as much as possible and thus far has succeeded, by relating his very own experiences to the changes in the food industry. The book challenges societal norms and that adds excitement to every page in the book.

No matter how you cut it, artificial foods will never have the same benefits as healthy whole food, even if the food scientists pump them full of the greatest vitamins around. If an artificially manufactured food seems flawless it is only due to an oversight, which someone in the future will discover is actually worse than whole product. The idea of pumping foods with nutrients and vitamins just doesn’t bring the same benefits to the table which a whole food does.

According to the New York Times, all the customers of these wonderfully enriched foods won't even notice the blast of vitamins in the food. The article also fails to explain the negative affects this type of industry could have on all other whole foods. The elimination of whole foods would certainly leave generations to come lacking any sort of whole food experience.

As in Tietel and Wilsons Article about engineering food with vitamins, the food will cost more, look worse, as well as tasting worse. This branch would certainly be a fad in the Food industry, just as Pollan mentions. It is concerning when so much change occurs in the development of nutrition, leaving people to wonder if there is any substance behind the food they have been eating for the past century. Engineering food to enhance the nutritional value can never account for all of the risks involved and still produce a food that people will live and love. That is the pair of shoes only whole foods can fill.

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