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The Omnivores Dilemma for Kids

The secrets behind what you eat - for kids.

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As a follow-up to journalist and professor, Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, he created The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids: The Secrets Behind What You Eat as way to help guide parents and socially-responsible adolescents and teenagers make healthier and safer food choices for their children.

In keeping to the similar format as the original book, The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids is separated into four sections: The Industrial Meal, "The Industrial Organic Meal," "Local Sustainable," and the "Do-It-Yourself Meal." All four represent the four different food chains that produce the food we eat.

In each chapter, Pollan educates the reader on the origin of each of the four food chain's most common foods and how it came to journey from farm to your plate. The end result are four meals, each comprised of the food made, produced or grown from the respective food chain source.

Michael Pollan is also the author of the following books:

The Omnivore's Dilemma

In Defense of Food

Food Rules

PRO
  • Can be read by both adults and children
  • Subtly encourages the reader to become more mindful and aware of food choices
  • Written in Pollan's trademark eye-opening, research-based and engaging tone
CON
  • Not a diet per se
  • Information presented may be too startling or honest for some readers
DIET and NUTRITION

The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids tries to make young adults more mindful about their food choices and helps them to make more sustainable food decisions that can benefit their health as well as the planets.

The book chronicles four kid-specific meals that are created using ingredients, foods and products from four different food chains. The Industrial Meal chapter discusses the foods that you would normally find at the grocery store or in fast-food chain restaurants. "The Industrial Organic Meal" involves dissecting the foods that you would find at Whole Foods supermarket, the "Local Sustainable," meal analyzes the food you would find at a local farmer's market or farm and the "Do-It-Yourself Meal" is a meal comprised of foods that you would dig up, bake or slaughter yourself.

The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids is filled with kid-friendly facts, lists, graphs, charts and photographs to engage kids in their thoughtful journey of understanding where food comes from.

EXERCISE

There is no exercise or fitness component.

CONCLUSION

At the same time as the American Diet takes its toll on the health of the country's children, more and more adolescents are expressing a genuine interest in becoming more socially-responsible and informed young adults.

Michael Pollan's, The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids provides an educational and age-relevant guide to help kids and parents navigate their way around the fast-food restaurant, supermarket, health food store, farmer's market or farm in order to make healthier and more sustainable food choices.

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Related Diets: Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Food Revolution, The Omnivore's Dilemma, Eat Clean Diet for Family and Kids, Eat This, Not That for Kids


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