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Food Rules by Michael Pollan: Rule #31 – Eat Wild Foods When You Can

This is interesting – wild foods often have a greater amount of phytochemicals (super-good nutrients for your body and immune system) than “domestic” foods lack.  This is because theose wild plants have to defend themselves in their environment (against pests, weather, etc.).

So when foods grow in the wild, you are getting the heartiest of the heartiest.  Modern agriculture (often using inputs like chemical fertilizers and pesticides) cannot compete with nature.

In addition to this, domestic and modern breeds of plants have been bred for greater shelf-life, meaning that the plants that keep the longest also have the lowest levels of omega-3 fatty acids (the super-good fats for your brain and skin).  Wild game is good for you too, and again has healthier fats versus conventionally-raised meat.

So, when given the opportunity – go wild!

Pollan, M. (2009). Food Rules – An Eater’s Manual. New York, NY: Penguin Books.


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