"You Don't Get Fat on Food You Pray Over"

"You Don't Get Fat on Food You Pray Over"

In this week's Times Sunday Magazine, the annual Food Issue, Michael Pollan shares his favorite reader-submitted food rules. We love this one for its sweet sentiment—no matter what your religious convictions—that meals thoughtfully prepared at home are healthier than what you eat on the go.

Actually, in addition to making us reflect, this quote also makes us laugh. We think of all the outrageously cheesy, calorie-laden casseroles and enormous helpings of cake or pie that we've prayed over. No doubt those could make us fat.

But the idea is a good one. The entire quote, submitted by Times reader Carol Jackson, reads:

"'You don't get fat on food you pray over.' This is from a friend who points out the meals prepared at home, served at the table and given thanks for are more appreciated and more healthful than food eaten on the run."

Pollan highlights 20 of his favorite "food rules" from readers, part of the research he's doing on cultural influences that guide our eating choices. Another one we liked: "Don't yuck someone's yum," meaning we should let people eat the weird things they like without judgement.

See the list: Food Rules: Your Dietary Dos and Don'ts

Read the entire Food Issue, which includes a cover story on Jamie Oliver's fight to change America's eating habits, starting in West Virginia.

Who's reading the Food Issue this week? What's your favorite article?

Related: Weekend Meditation: Appreciation

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