Isn’t this just what we wanted all along, an article about eating and some down to earth sensible advice about diet, all of which can summed up in seven words – “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”.

According Michael Pollan, the author, we are victims of an all-round conspiracy driven by the journalists, the food manufacturers, nutritionists and the other million and one ‘experts’ who ‘advise’ us what we should and shouldn’t eat. The government also likes to shove its nose in on the act but despite its size it is not such a big player.  And it doesn’t take much logic to see why they are so keen to close our eyes – if we followed the advice contained in those seven words the food manufacturers would be out of business, the experts would be out of a job, the journalists would have no sensational new break-through stories to write about and government would have less to tell us and one lever less to mess us around with.

What Mr Pollan has to say fits in well with my own experiences, both here and while living in Asia. There, people ate real vegetables and meat which was bought directly from local producers, not stuff processed in factories with additives injected. The people simply followed their culture which, so far as eating was concerned, was an accumulation of wisdom and experience gathered over countless generations. There were no rules about which bits of which animal were permissible as food, which was totally contrary to many of the guidelines laid down by our own government. I cannot remember one part of a chicken, other than the feathers, which was not eaten [feathers would be used for other purposes] and every part of a pig was eaten, offal and all, but the bulk of the menu consisted of vegetables. The people were not obese, didn’t suffer the same disorders we do and were generally in a far better and healthy state than most Brits. Read more here from The Guardian website.