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Should you stop drinking soda? A food expert weighs in

By Michelle Edelbaum, September 16, 2009 - 10:26am

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Wonder what it’s like to chat about food with award-winning author and food activist Michael Pollan? Thought-provoking. At least that’s what it was like for me when I interviewed Pollan, author of The New York Times bestseller The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Penguin, 2006), for our latest issue of EatingWell Magazine. (Find out what one food Michael Pollan won’t eat in our exclusive podcast.)

We were talking, in part, because a young reader’s edition of The Omnivore’s Dilemma is being released in October, allowing Pollan’s thoughts on America’s food system to reach a whole new generation of eaters. Here are a few interesting snippets from our interview (read the full article here).

Pollan on the single most important thing we can do to reduce childhood obesity:

Stop drinking soda. Or at least return soda to its place as a special-occasion drink. There are too many children in America who are drinking soda all day long and are consuming 1,000 calories a day in the form of liquid candy. If they only had soda once a week, I think it would do a lot to prevent or cure childhood obesity. Could taxing sugary drinks help reverse the obesity epidemic?

Pollan’s predictions on how the American diet will be different in 50 years:

I hope it will be more local, more seasonal and that people will cook more. My fear is that food will be more processed and people will cook less. And that there will be some industry pretending that they’ve figured out how to put whatever we’ve decided constitutes healthy food into a cereal bar or a pill. Don’t eat your meals from a box! Get inspired to cook with ingredients that are in season now with our fall recipe collection.

Pollan’s guiltiest food pleasure:

I have a weakness for potato chips and I love chocolate, but I enjoy them more because I’m not eating them every day. It’s like the pleasure of the seasonal strawberry: its flavor is so much more intense than the all-year strawberry. Find another favorite way to enjoy chocolate with these healthy chocolate dessert recipes.

Did you quit soda? How did you do it? Tell us what you think below.

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Michelle Edelbaum
Michelle is the digital director for EatingWell. She puts her background in journalism to work at to help deliver daily inspiration for eating healthy.

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