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A Few Food Rules to Follow

By | Nutrition, Uncategorized

Hi everyone, it’s Katie C., one of Dustin’s contributors.  Over the weekend, I found myself flipping  through Michael Pollan’s “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual”.  In this quick read, Pollan lays out 63 short rules about what to eat (food), what kind of food to eat (mostly plants), and how to eat (not too much).  We’ve all heard many food rules (many of which contradict each other), but here are a few that I think are sustainable for a healthy lifestyle, with some tricks that I have found helpful for me.

What should I eat?

#3 – Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry.

When you open up your pantry at home, are you likely to find Monosodium Glutamate Xanthan Gum, or Disodium Guanylate?  Probably not, but if you have commercial ranch dressing in your refrigerator, those are the exact ingredients you’re getting, in addition to 17 others.  One question I try to ask myself is, if I were to make this product at home, would I use these ingredients?  If not, it’s probably not a good purchase.  I don’t even know how to pronounce Disodium Guanylate and I highly doubt Dustin goes looking for this item on his grocery store toursRead More