"9) Avoid food products with the wordoid 'lite' or the terms 'low-fat' or 'nonfat' in their names." -Food Rules book
The updated "Food Rules" book's 24th rule of wisdom: "When You Eat Real Food, You Don't Need Rules"
#1. Eat food. -- #2. Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. -- #3. Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry. -- #4. Avoid food products that contain high-fructose corn syrup. -- #5. Avoid foods that have some form of sugar (or sweetner) listed among the top three ingredients. -- #6. Avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients. -- #7. Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce. -- #8. Avoid food products that make health claims. -- #9. Avoid food products with the wordoid “lite” or the terms “low-fat” or “nonfat” in their names. -- #10. Avoid foods that are pretending to be something they are not. -- #11. Avoid foods you see advertised on television. -- #12. Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle. -- #13. Eat only foods that will eventually rot. -- #14. Eat foods made from ingredients that you can picture in their raw state or growing in nature. -- #15. Get out of the supermarket whenever you can. -- #16. Buy your snacks at the farmers’ market. -- #17. Eat only foods that have been cooked by humans. -- #18. Don’t ingest foods made in places where everyone is required to wear a surgical cap. -- #19. If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t. -- #20. It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car. -- #21. It’s not food if it’s called by the same name in every language. (Think Big Mac, Cheetos, or Pringles.) -- #22. Eat mostly plants, especially leaves. -- #23. Treat meat as a flavoring or a special occasion food. -- #24. “Eating what stands on one leg [mushrooms and plant foods] is better than eating what stands on two legs [fowl], which is better than eating what stands on four legs [cows, pigs, and other mammals].” -- #25. Eat your colors. -- #26. Drink the spinach water. (this means the water that veggies were cooked in) -- #27. Eat animals that have themselves eaten well. -- #28. If you have the space, buy a freezer. -- #29. Eat like an omnivore. -- #30. Eat well-grown food from healthy soil. -- #31. Eat wild foods when you can. -- #32. Don’t overlook the oily little fishes. -- #33. Eat some foods that have been predigested by bacteria or fungi. -- #34. Sweeten and salt food yourself. -- #35. Eat sweet foods as you find them in nature. -- #36. Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk. -- #37. “The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead.” -- #38. Favor the kinds of oils and grains that have traditionally been stone-ground. -- #39. Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself. -- #40. Be the kind of person who takes supplements – then skip the supplements. -- #41. Eat more like the French. Or the Japanese. Or the Italians. Or the Greeks. -- #42. Regard nontraditional foods with skepticism. -- #43. Have a glass of wine with dinner. -- #44. Pay more, eat less. -- #45. Eat less. -- #46. Stop eating before you’re full. -- #47. Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored. -- #48. Consult your gut. -- #49. Eat slowly. -- #50. “The banquet is in the first bite.” -- #51. Spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it. #52. Buy smaller plates and glasses. -- #53. Serve a proper portion and don’t go back for seconds. -- #54. “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper.” -- #55. Eat meals. -- #56. Limit your snacks to unprocessed plant foods. -- #57. Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does. -- #58. Do all your eating at a table. -- #59. Try not to eat alone. -- #60. Treat treats as treats. -- #61. Leave something on your plate. -- #62. Plant a vegetable garden if you have the space, a window box if you don’t. -- #63. Cook. -- #64. Break the rules once in a while.
"Food marketers are ingenious at turning criticisms of their products[...] into new ways to sell slightly different versions of the [SAME] processed foods: They simply reformulate and then boast about their [IMPLIED] healthfulness, whether the boast is meaningful or not. [...]More than two-thirds of food advertising is spent promoting processed foods (and alcohol), so if you avoid products with big ad budgets, you'll automatically be avoiding edible foodlike substances." -Food Rules book