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Very interesting interview.

Post  Blossom on Thu May 29, 2008 11:02 am

If the food you're about to eat wouldn't be recognised by your great grandmother, it's probably better not to eat it. And supermarkets are the least likely place to find healthy food.
These are the key messages from journalist and author Michael Pollan, who will be talking at the Sydney Writers' Festival about his book In Defence of Food, and why he opposes 'nutritionism'.

Did anyone watch this interview on the ABC 7.30 Report - What good sense the man made! I think you can hear it or download it from his interview on Radio National by going to http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lifematters/stories/2008/2247041.htm

I think I might splurge on the book.

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Re: Very interesting interview.

Post  robbin on Thu May 29, 2008 12:26 pm

Yes, I did. Glad you posted it here.

I really liked... "you've got to distinguish the real foods from the edible food like substances"

Cheers, Penny.

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Re: Very interesting interview.

Post  Fran on Thu May 29, 2008 1:10 pm

Will see if there is a transcript. Found this but don't know if it is exactly the same interview - I presume he is publicizing the book and would be giving many interviews.

He makes sense doesn't he - I guess everyone here would agree with him.

The Western diseases, which—they were named that about a hundred years ago by a medical doctor named Denis Burkitt, an Englishman, who noted that there—after the Western diet comes to these countries where he had spent a lot of time in Africa and Asia, a series of Western diseases followed, very predictably: obesity, diabetes, heart disease and a specific set of cancers. And he said, well, they must have this common origin, because we keep seeing this pattern.

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/2/13/in_defense_of_food_author_journalist

I eat junk food at times, especially when out or visiting so am not rigid about diet - just got into the habit of eating and fresh food I suppose. It's probably from living out in the bush and having to make my own meals from scratch - never became addicted to pretend food and couldn't afford it anyway. I count myself lucky.

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Re: Very interesting interview.

Post  robbin on Thu May 29, 2008 5:21 pm

Here's a link to the transcript of his 7.30 Report interview on Tuesday night.

http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2007/s2257391.htm

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Re: Very interesting interview.

Post  Blossom on Thu May 29, 2008 6:02 pm

Excellent - I was looking for that but couldn't find it and ended up finding the ABC Radio one instead. I think he makes such good sense and loved his comment about the 'soul of a carrot' - very Rudolph Steiner........

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Post  guzzigirl on Fri May 30, 2008 5:01 am

I try to avoid processed foods these days, even if it just to avoid the preservatives, salts and sugars. But sometimes you have little choice. Take milk for example. There is only one brand I know of that is unhomogenised. After pasteurisation, which I accept is necessary, homogenisation was the next step in processing milk. It became the norm when I was a child but what changes are made to the milk structures when it is homogenised? How does it affect the way we digest it? Now you not only have pasturised, homogenised milk, but it has this taken out of it and that added, to the point where as the man said, your grandmother would not recognise it! It does not look or taste like the milk that comes out of the cow! It is a chemical construct masquerading as milk. It is science saying we can improve on nature. So when I cannot get the real thing (it would be cruel to keep a cow in my backyard) I try and find the closest thing to it.


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Post  The Estate on Fri May 30, 2008 5:04 am

I try to be good Embarassed , but hey why break tradition, Friday night is fish 'n' chips night pig

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Post  guzzigirl on Fri May 30, 2008 5:14 am

The Estate wrote:I try to be good Embarassed , but hey why break tradition, Friday night is fish 'n' chips night pig

but then quite possibly your fish and chips is less processed than some other "foods" you could buy Laughing

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Post  Blossom on Fri May 30, 2008 6:09 am

We have one milk producer, Pyngana milk that doesn't pasteurise. Funny - it's also cheaper. But we have to go to Coles to get it! Fish and Chips I love, but I have grave concerns about how many times the oil is re-used. I understand that heating oil to high temperatures can create health problems as it converts to trans-fats in the heating process. Many fish and chip outlets don;t use high quality oils because of costs. I buy fish and potatoes and yes, we have fish and chips every now and then, but the oil is not used again. I offset the cost of the oil against the cheapness of buying fresh fish and using my own potatoes. This link http://www.udoerasmus.com/articles/udo/hbaco.htm will give you a lot of information on what is done to bulk oils before it is sold! I do confess that every once in a while I fancy the oily stuff that you buy.

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Re: Very interesting interview.

Post  guzzigirl on Fri May 30, 2008 6:50 am

Blossom wrote:We have one milk producer, Pyngana milk that doesn't pasteurise. Funny - it's also cheaper.

It will be cheaper because it hasn't gone through all that processing. But I didn't think that unpasteurised milk would be allowed to be sold?

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Post  Blossom on Fri May 30, 2008 10:29 am

Sorry - I cocked up - I meant Homogenised. Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed

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Post  guzzigirl on Fri May 30, 2008 1:07 pm

Blossom wrote:Sorry - I cocked up - I meant Homogenised. Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed

I thought maybe that is what you meant Very Happy

I buy Pauls Parmalat Organic milk.

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Post  Blossom on Fri May 30, 2008 2:08 pm

We don't get that in Tas. The milk industry here is very tight - Pura or Betta - that's it. Pyengana is new to the market, hopefully it will last. We used to be able to get biodynamic none homogenised from a jersey herd locally, but the market was too small and they succumbed to supplying Cadbury's like all the other high butterfat producers.

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