What is Real Food?

Michael Pollan, our food hero and demi-god, puts it this way, “real food is the sort of food our great grandmothers would recognize.”

Very simply, real food is food in its most basic form and as far away from processing, especially industrialized processing, as possible. Fresh vegetables and fruits, clean proteins such as chicken, fish, meat, dairy, and limited cooking. Now the purists will argue real food is only fruits and vegetables and those should be grown organically and eaten raw. Those are ideals to which we might aspire, but for now we live in the real world and we love food, therefore, we keep it simple, keep it real, and follow Michael’s manifesto:

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.