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ASK AN EXPERT: Mike Pollan Explains Processed Food

Processed food: what it is, what it does, and how people should approach it.

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Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 3884 Posts
Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:10:05 PM
I get what you're saying squrlz, and there was a small sting to it but I understand how I could have come off that way. I guess it`s a matter of expectations, for me.

I wouldn`t have ranted so hard if it wasn`t presented as "ask an expert."

It should have had more..expertise. Why bother getting an expert if you`re going to use the most casual, layman`s explanation?

It`s not that big of a deal to me, really, I just get long-winded online. Head up my own ass and all :p

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Thursday, June 27, 2013 4:41:03 PM
@ DrProfessor: I'm feeling some compunction here and am concerned I was too harsh. I do understand your point: You aren`t disagreeing with the overall message but would have preferred a more science-based presentation.

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Thursday, June 27, 2013 7:13:31 AM
@ DrProfessor: Reading your response brings to mind the word (advance apology) *sophomoric*. It's a bit like a watching a 16-year-old, after being advised to take an umbrella because it looks like rain, going on for ten minutes about how it`s illogical that the weather can *look* like anything, and appearances can be deceiving, and it`s proven that water is beneficial to human health, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

Really, is this so difficult?

Not highly processed; low in sodium; low in fat; high in nutrients and fiber (especially if skins are eaten); inexpensive; not generally addictive.

Highly processed; high in sodium; high in fat; low in nutrients; expensive; highly addictive ("Once you pop you can`t stop").

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17367 Posts
Thursday, June 27, 2013 6:13:21 AM
Sleepyhallow: What you may not realize is that a lot of nutritive ingredients in our foods are mandated by the FDA, in America. Such as the iodine in salt and the vitamin d in milk.

Our foods have to meet certain standards, even the so called "junk foods" have to meet up to labeling standards enacted by congress and enforced via the FDA.

That doesn't mean there aren`t bad ingredients in foods, but this guy isn`t being specific about them. He lumps everything together and calls it all bad which is a lie.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 3884 Posts
Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:58:23 AM
are you vomiting yet? Continued, even further:
He's not saying "look out for trans fats, your body has a hard time processing them and they clog your whatsits." or "xanthan gum is stored in your frontal lobe and causes you to kill your family in homicidal rage." or "there`s a lot of calories in this and very few vitamins, minerals, or anything. it`s going straight to your ass and arteries."

Nope. He`s saying:
"The way you can tell this is to look at the ingredients. are there more than 5? Are they unfamiliar (and scary??)? Then it must be super duper quadruple processed. RUN! SCARY! CORPORATIONS! NOT GREEN! NOT ARTISAN! NOT FREE RANGE!" etc. etc. etc.

I know the stuff is bad, I just want to hear that from a scientific standpoint, not an empty propagandist standpoint.

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