“The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and Blue Zone Diets


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"The Omnivore’s Dilemma" and Blue Zone Diets
Michael Pollan’s relatively objective book serves to open our eyes to the realities of the food industry in the United States, where more than fifty percent of the population is overweight, and type I diabetes seems to be fashionable. According to Pollan, the primary problem we have is that we are omnivores rather than more specialized consumers of food. Other than humans, very few animals are omnivores because being so requires an adaptable and hardy digestive system capable of digesting a lot of food of various natures. Pollan described the human nutritional dilemma as receiving too much information on what to eat, what not to eat, e.g. one day eggs are bad and other they days are good, and...
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.....st century or so rather than the consuming pre-packaged, processed foods to which we’ve become accustomed, is a reduction in the use of fossil fuels in fertilizer and transportation, as well as other environmentally unsound practices. To restore ourselves to the types of nutrition our bodies were naturally intended to ingest and absorb, we do a little bit to help restore the natural state of the earth that for millions of years has provided us with all the nutrients human bodies have ever needed.
Works Cited
Buettner, Dan. The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer
from the People who've Lived the Longest. Washington,
D.C.: National Geographic.
Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History
of Four Meals. New York: Penguin, 2006.