Ring in 2018 with a few new additions to your Must Read or Watch lists!


Good books:

Death by Food Pyramid. Author Denise Minger takes on conventional food wisdom in her quest to bring some order to the chaos. She takes readers on a journey through the development of our current standards of good nutrition and reveals many of the non-scientific players whose hands have helped steer the ship. Amazon, iBooks, Barnes &Noble, Kobo

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. This takes critical look at the perception we have about where our food comes from. Author Michael Pollan prepares four meals using different food chains and explores the drawbacks and benefits to each, shedding light on organic and industrial farming, feedlots, and fast food along the way. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Audible.

In Defense of Food: an Eater’s Manifesto. Also written by Pollan, this volume focuses less on what we are doing and more on what we should be doing for better health. He discusses the pitfalls of what he calls “nutritionism” as well as his take on the best advice for good health: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. *This has also been made into a documentary film. iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Google Play Books, Kobo

Interesting film:

GMO OMG. While the reception was mixed, the director Jeremy Seifert’s point is still valuable. Research can be found both in support and opposition of using GMO products in the foods we eat, and will continue to tip the scale one way or the other with each new study for years to come. We tend to be of the better safe than sorry camp, but whether you are pro or con we can all agree we have the right to know when GMOs are used in our foods and make our own informed decisions.