Do You Have Time to Prepare Real Food?

The following is an extract from an interview conducted by MSN’s Ashley Ball with Michael Pollan to find out how we can translate his seemingly esoteric idea of eating well to our busy, budget-driven realities. Michael Pollan is the author, most recently, of “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto”. The full interview entitled “Real Food”, can be read here.

I extracted one particular question and answer to publish here because it is important to all of us – no matter where’s our consciousness level on healthy eating.

Ashley Ball: Real food takes more time to prepare than packaged, and lots of people say they don’t have enough time to cook. What’s your response to that?

Michael Pollan: I think it’s very hard to eat well without cooking, and that that is something we need to face up to as a culture. If you’re concerned about your health, probably the single best thing you can do is start cooking … you’ll be salting your food yourself, you’ll be deciding how sweet it is … you’re not going to put high-fructose corn syrup in it—nobody does that at home—and you’ll be starting with real ingredients. A lot of us don’t think we have time to cook, but before you say that to yourself, I think you really have to say, “Well, OK, I do have two hours a day for the Internet. I do have four hours a day for television”—these are typical American numbers—“and I don’t have time for 20 minutes to actually put a meal on the table for my family?” It’s not that hard. It’s really not that hard. I think we’ve mystified cooking. I think we watch these shows, you know, these heroic, athletic cooking shows on television, and it makes it look really daunting. But you can put a really good meal on the table in 20 minutes. It doesn’t take that much work, and there are few things as satisfying. Even if we would just take some of the time we spend looking at cooking shows and use that time to actually cook, we would be a lot better off.

The full interview might be a bit long for those of us who like quick reading but it’s worth your time, and health.

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