Journalist Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) did two years of research on nutrition and health for his new book, In Defense of Food. His bottom line: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Some specifics:

SHOP THE PERIPHERY OF GROCERY STORES Fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy are there.

AVOID FOODS YOUR GRANDMOTHER WOULDN’T HAVE RECOGNIZED That’s the processed “edible, food-like substances” in the middle aisles.

AT RESTAURANTS, ASK FOR WHAT’S LOCAL AND GRASS-FED Most local farmers don’t use pesticides. And food grown in healthy soil is more nutritious.

DON’T EXPECT PERFECTION If we get it right one meal a day, we’ll be doing a lot for our health. I do splurge. I’ll have Cracker Jacks maybe once a year. They’re delicious! Although the prizes have gone way downhill.

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