1 - 2010

Food Rules 28-30 – Freezers and Healthy Variety

This is my ongoing,11-week series about Michael Pollan’s book, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.

Part II is called, “What Kind of Food Should I Eat? (Mostly plants.).” This installment covers rules 28 through 30.

Rule 28: If you have the space, buy a freezer.

This one is aimed at buying pastured meat from a good, reliable source. Usually you can save big bucks by buying in bulk. (This is not a new one to us — we’ve purchased a quarter steer and split a whole hog with my mother, thanks to the freezer the same mother gave us quite a while back [thanks, Mom!].)

You can also freeze extra vegetables from your garden, farmers market or CSA share, so that you can enjoy fresh, local, and possibly organic abundance year-round.

If you are in the market for a freezer, don’t forget the appliance ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program going on this year.

Rule 29: Eat like an omnivore

Pollan is not pounding the pavement asking vegetarians to start eating animal foods, but he suggests adding new species to your diet — whether plants, animals or fungi. The goal is to wean yourself off the corn-wheat-soy seed trifecta of most supermarket foods.

Rule 30: Eat well-grown food from healthy soil

Yes, this is kind of code for “eat organic,” because organic farmers must nourish their soil rather than rely on chemical fertilizers. But Pollan points out that organic soda is still soda, and organic food that traveled from around the world has likely lost many of its richest nutrients along the way.

If you’re wondering if organic food is healthier, some studies say yes, some say no. It’s difficult to know for sure, because so many other environmental factors affect our health. For an objective review of what organic is, the Mayo Clinic has published this article on its Web site.

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