Analysis Of Michael Pollan 's ' The Omnivore 's Dilemma ' Essay example

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Michael Pollan’s novel, “In Defense of Food”, is a follow-up to his prior novel, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”. The book is explaining the issue with the food industry in America, but does not explain how you can change the way you eat. This is where the novel of “In Defense of Food” comes in. He starts out with the seemingly simple phrase of “eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants (1)”. Going more in depth into the book, though, you see that this is not exactly that easy. He goes on to explain how the food industry and food scientists started the “Age of Nutritionism”. This clever title of nutritionism is defined by the fact that it is more of an ideology than an actual science, even though the people using this are scientists. He illustrates the fact that this idea of nutritionism is extremely new and only recently invented. He compares the food science industry to about the same place as surgery was in the 1600’s--before both anesthesia and antiseptic were introduced. People did not generally trust surgery around that time because it usually ended up hindering things rather than helping people. So, if this is really where the science is, why are people buying in to this health craze? Pollan says that it could be for many different reasons. He compares the idea of nutrients being like a religion. When there is something invisible categorized as “good” and as “bad” there is need of a guide to help us. So, in a way, food scientists are essentially the church of…

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