Head Butler

[excerpt] When we last heard from Nina Planck, she was a leader in the crusade for Real Food. Her precepts are, by now, familiar:

--- Eat foods with a long history in the human diet (peaches, spinach, lard).

--- Eat them in a whole state, or close to it, or produced in a traditional manner.

--- Eat foods that spoil. But eat them before they do.

--- Don't eat anything that's engineered to be something it's not --- low in something or high in something else. That includes orange juice with DHA --- the vital fatty acid found chiefly in fish --- made from algae. God or Nature (as you prefer) made us fish-eaters. You don't find fish in orange juice.

Whatever your disagreements with Planck, you can't fault her for stinting on her research. And so you pick up helpful tidbits along the way:

-- "Apple peels contain up to 40 percent of the antioxidant flavonoids in an apple and about one-third of the vitamin C."

-- "Unrefined sea salt contains about 80 essential minerals and trace elements."

-- "Statins, the class of drugs that stops your liver from making LDL, deplete your body of the antioxidant coenzyme CoQ10, which the heart muscle depends on."

Of all her advice, though, there's one suggestion that leaps out at me. Not only because of the common-sense wisdom at the heart of it: "Stop searching for the new and the fake. Don't read the latest 'nutrition' bulletins. Eat old foods. Don't eat too much. That should leave time for other, satisfying activities --- like reading a novel."

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