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Book Review: Michael Pollan Food Rules
The original Food Rules, by Michael Pollan, released in 2009 was a simple guide to eating healthy. The new release of Food Rules has added illustrations to make it even more simple and interesting.
In case you thought my kids were all "super healthy eaters", I wanted to admit to everyone that my 13 year old tells people his favorite food group is candy! So, I decided it would be appropriate to have HIM read this book, and write the book review-from his perspective. Hopefully, he learned something.
The book "food rules" by Michael Pollen is a great reference book that just about anyone could understand. It told everything based on science, and gave rules, as well as why each individual one works. It also gave the names of who discovered some of the rules, as well as where they came from. Most started in France or Greece, but they were all turned in by Americans.
To write this book, the author took a survey in Times magazine, and everyone gave him their Ideas for rules, but only 83 made it in. Some of the rules, you may not agree with like me. One rule I didn't agree with was "wash down every dinner with a glass of wine,", but you don't need to follow the rules exactly, or even follow all the rules.
Some rules I like and we already do, like not buying our food the same place we get gas, or making half our plate with plant foods. Some rules I can do better at like, "if your not hungry enough for an apple, your not that hungry. I really like the rule, "eat all the junk food you want, as long as you cook it yourself." We're really good at that one.
You could encourage your kids to read it by showing them the colorful pictures that really catch the eye. It also teaches how to tell which foods to decide to eat, like "don't eat anything a third grader can't pronounce." Some of the ideas came from the way that other countries normally eat, like "only eat until you are sixty to ninety percent full." I think that most kids under ten might not understand, so don't give it to a 3 year old and hope they get something out of it.
I like this book because it was easy to read and made me think about some of the foods I eat. I think it would be a good book for all kids to read if they are interested in improving their health.
Full Disclosure: We did receive this book for free in exchange for our opinion. You can find more reviews on the book tour here.