Rule 40 - Be the kind of person who takes supplements - then skip the supplements.

Michael Pollan mentions a great topic here that I'd like to elaborate on. I often get asked my opinion about supplements. Most recently, a patient of mine forwarded me this article - The Vita Myth: Do supplements really do any good?

The article is a bit harsh, but I agree with most of it. First off, one-a-days are useless. When I have somebody take a multivitamin, it's usually 6-8 pills a day, which turns most people off. Seriously, how do you think they can pack all those vitamins and minerals into one pill? For me, the best vitamins are from real food.

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Rule 19 - If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't.

Michael Pollan, that is perfectly said.

This is similar to his most famous quote from "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto":

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

There's two major points in these words: 1) Eat a plant-based diet, and 2) Avoid processed foods, it's best straight from the source.

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Rule 4 - Avoid food products that contain high-fructose corn syrup.

I've actually blogged on this topic last year: High Fructose Corn Syrup. That information is still good.

Michael Pollan only mentions to avoid high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) because it is highly processed and another hidden source of sugar. But the story is more than to just avoid sugar...

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Food Rules

Perhaps you've seen him on Oprah recently or The Daily Show last month. Or maybe you've seen the Oscar-nominated documentary "Food, Inc." or read his many books. Michael Pollan is everywhere nowadays, and his most recent book "Food Rules: An Eater's Manual" is a set of 64 rules he eats by. It's a quickie for only $5 on Amazon, and it is a must-read. I attempted to pick out the top 5, but there are too many good ones, so here are my favorite 10 Pollan Rules. Everyday (weekday) for the next 2 weeks, I'll blog and comment on each of these rules (with my spin).

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