'In Defense Of Food'
(DVD / G / 2016 / PBS)
Overview: Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants. With those seven words, journalist Michael Pollan distills a careers worth of reporting into a prescription for reversing the damage being done to peoples health by todays industrially-driven Western diet. Pollan offers a clear answer to one of the most urgent questions of our time: What should I eat to be healthy?
DVD Verdict: Watching 'In Defense Of Food,' and joined along the journey by best-selling author Michael Pollan (Food Rules, The Botany of Desire), we take a fascinating journey to answer the question: What should I eat to be healthy? Cutting through confusion and busting myths and misconceptions, In Defense of Food shows how common sense and old-fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the pleasures of eating and avoid the chronic diseases so often associated with the modern diet.
Pollan's journey of discovery takes him from the plains of Tanzania, where one of the world's last remaining tribes of hunter-gatherers still eats the way our ancestors did, to Loma Linda, California, where a group of Seventh Day Adventist vegetarians live longer than almost anyone else on earth, and eventually to Paris, where the French diet, rooted in culture and tradition, proves surprisingly healthy.
Along the way he shows how a combination of faulty nutrition science and deceptive marketing practices have encouraged us to replace real food with scientifically engineered "food-like substances." And he explains why the solution to our dietary woes is in fact remarkably simple: Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants, of course.
Playing Devil's Advocate, this is an eye opening documentary that will have you thinking twice about your next meal and so forth, but in talking about all the good plants that can aid our human systems and such, Polan almost completely ignores that fact that meat varies enormously in quality and simply recommends less of it. This is a gross oversimplification. For my money, the point should have been made that our meat also needs to eat real food in alignment with its biology and life in a healthy environment. That aside, 'In Defense Of Food' is something that we all should watch - at least once. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.