Eat Food Not Edible Foodlike Substances

March 20, 2013

This is one of the my favorite quotes from Michael Pollan’s Food Rules.
It focuses on the importance of eating real, whole food over any sort of junk food or food like product.
Eat Food Not Edible Foodlike Substances

Heavy processing of food - which improves shelf life and palatability - also removes nutrients, adds chemicals and makes food more readily absorbable, which might be a problem for insulin and fat metabolism.
That’s why you should try to avoid heavily processed foods, labeled by Michael Pollan as “edible foodlike substances.”
"They’re highly processed concoctions designed by food scientists, consisting mostly of ingredients derived from corn and soy that no normal person keeps in the pantry, and they contain chemical additives with which the human body has not been long acquainted. Today much of the challenge of eating well comes down to choosing real food and avoiding these industrial novelties1."


  1. I absolutely love Pollan's books! Do you have any other recommended reading that you've come across? I really like continually reading books similar to these as it keeps me motivated!

    1. Hi Christine,
      A couple of days ago I started reading "Salt, Sugar, Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us" by Michael Moss after I a recommendation/tweet by Michael Pollan.
      It's so interesting, I'm literally devouring it. I'm sure you would love it too!

    2. Thanks! Just put it on my list, haha, especially if he recommended it!

  2. I think I might have to pick this up! It's crazy the amount of stuff that's packed into our food, would be great to read something like this to learn about it!

    great blog!