Friday, December 10, 2010

Food Rules Friday

Michael Pollan is an acclaimed author and whole food/heathy eating advocate. He is the author of the best selling "In Defense of Food" and "The Omnivore's Dillemma."

Rule #23: "Eating what stands on one leg (mushrooms and plant foods) is better than eating what stands on two legs (fowl) which is better than eating what stands on four legs (cows, pigs and other mammals)."

"This Chinese proverb offers a good summary of traditional wisdom regarding the relative healthfulness of different kinds of food, though it inexplicably leaves out the very healthful and very legless fish."

A good point on the relative healthfulness of fish.  Perhaps it isn't in the proverb because fish would presumably be inserted between plants and fowl, putting a zero between one and two, and disrupting the illustrative numerical progression.

1 comment:

Don said...

With mercury, PCBs, and other contaminants, one has to really question the healthfulness of fish today. The same could be said for other legless creatures such as oysters and clams.

Snakes are legless creatures. Are they as healthful as fish? Frogs have four legs. Are they worse for you than chicken is? Where do animals with 8 or more legs (lobsters, shrimp, crabs) fit into this scheme?

Some other things to think about:

People eat raw beef and lamb, but no one would dare to eat raw chicken or turkey.

A study of deli sandwiches in New York City found that the healthiest sandwich was roast beef on rye with mustard. It was much lower in calories and cholesterol than a chicken salad sandwich.