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The Truth About Making Complex Decisions by Robert E. Gunther

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The Truth About Making Complex Decisions

Robert E. Gunther

Boil Knowledge Down To Its Essence—And Then Act On It

Few subjects are more complex than nutritional advice. Every week there is some new diet based on blood type, eliminating this food or that, or evoking scenes of bikini-clad sunbathers. And every week, there is some new study that shows that some food, such as butter, is bad for you. And then the next week, we read: Oh, wait, maybe it’s not so bad after all.

In his wide-ranging discussion in The New York Times Magazine, Michael Pollan (author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma) boils down his nutritional advice to a simple statement: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”1 He goes on to recommend that we not eat anything that our great-great-grandmother ...

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