In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto Questions and Answers
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What does Michael Pollan believe Protestantism and Christianity have to do with our national eating habits?

Michael Pollan believes Protestantism and Christianity influenced American eating habits by linking denial of earthly pleasures with denial of culinary pleasures, priming modern Americans for processed, less healthy foods.

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Pollan argues that an unhealthy obsession with nutrition has overcomplicated and harmed American eating habits. Instead, he recommends that Americans should eat the kind of food that their ancestors would've eaten rather than the so-called imitation food that is widely available in shops, markets, and stores.

Pollan lays much of the blame for such eating habits, and the lack of enjoyment of food they generate, firmly at the door of Puritanism. Puritans...

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