Food Rules

In General Posts on October 22, 2009 by Suhaila

Just stumbled upon this article at the NY Times in which Michael Pollan compiled his twenty favourite reader-submitted rules for eating. Some of them are silly, some of them I don’t agree with, but some of them are very well put!

My favourites:

“When drinking tea, just drink tea.” […] – Michelle Poirot

Never eat something that is pretending to be something else; e.g. no “textured vegetable protein” or veggie burgers (fake meat), no artificial sweeteners, no margarine (fake butter), no “low fat” sour cream, no turkey bacon, no “chocolate-flavor sauce” that doesn’t contain chocolate, no “quorn.” If I want to have something that tastes like meat or butter, I would rather have the real thing than some chemical concoction pretending to be more healthful. – Sonya Legg

“It’s better to pay the grocer than the doctor” […] – John Forti

The Chinese have a saying: “Eat until you are seven-tenths full and save the other three-tenths for hunger.” That way, food always tastes good, and you don’t eat too much. – Nancy Ni

This last one reminds me of “eat and drink and be not immoderate,” (Qur’an, 7:31), and the hadith in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Man fills no vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to have a few mouthfuls to give him the strength he needs. If he has to fill his stomach, let him leave one-third for food, one-third for drink, and one-third for air.” (Reported by Al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah)

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