Pollan on paleo and more

Steak and Eggs

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Cynthia Graber at Mother Jones has summarized Michael Pollan’s recent appearance on the Inquiring Minds podcast, touching on five main topics. The first? Meat, which includes Pollan’s take on what’s misguided about the paleo diet. As Graber details,

One problem with the paleo diet is that “they’re assuming that the options available to our caveman ancestors are still there,” [Pollan] argues. But “unless you’re willing to hunt your food, they’re not.”

As Pollan explains, the animals bred by modern agriculture—which are fed artificial diets of corn and grains, and beefed up with hormones and antibiotics—have nutritional profiles far from wild game.

Pastured animals, raised on diets of grass and grubs, are closer to their wild relatives; even these, however, are nothing like the lean animals our ancestors ate.

So, basically, enjoy meat in moderation, and choose pastured meat if possible.

For the full piece, including to access the podcast, head here.

Richard Wrangham’s Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human gets mentioned as well. For more, check out my earlier post on that great book.

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