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Is that REAL food you're eating?

Award-winning author Michael Pollan's latest book In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto takes a stab at the overabundance of processed foods lining supermarket shelves, referring to them as "edible food-like substances" pretending to be food. Pollan makes a strong case for going back to basics when it comes to the food Americans ought to eat: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Pollan suggests we shouldn't eat foods our great-grandmothers wouldn't recognize. In other words, meals should be prepared with whole, unprocessed foods that are mostly fruits and vegetables. In this quick and enjoyable read, Pollan also offers his well-researched takes on "nutritionism," packaged foods labeled with the word "healthy," vitamins and nutritional supplements, home-cooked meals and much more. Pollan is also featured in the new documentary "Food, Inc.," now playing in select theaters. And, if the book (or movie) inspires you to eat more REAL food, a great place to start is the Canton Farmer's Market, held every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, now through Oct. 25 at Canton's historic Bartlett-Travis House (on Ridge Rd. just north of Cherry Hill Rd. in Cherry Hill Village). So, dig in and enjoy!