A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 21, 2013
“If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t”

Michael Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (2009) contained a popular rule that has been frequently cited:

“If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.”

“If it came FROM a plant eat it, if it was MADE in a plant DON’t!” was cited in a message board post on August 14, 2008, citing an unspecified source. It’s possible that Pollan used the saying in interviews before Food Rules was published in 2009.


Wikipedia: Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan (born February 6, 1955)[citation needed] is an American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. A 2006 New York Times book review describes him as a “liberal foodie intellectual.”

Bodybuilding.com Forum
Mrsstanpoe
08-14-2008, 09:33 AM
I heard a GREAT analogy:
If it came FROM a plant eat it, if it was MADE in a plant DON’t!
Thought that was really cute!

Google Books
Food Rules:
An Eater’s Manual

By Michael Pollan
New York, NY: Penguin Books
2009
Pg. ?:
Chapter 19 - If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.

New York (NY) Times
Personal Health
Rules Worth Following, for Everyone’s Sake

By JANE E. BRODY
Published: February 1, 2010
In the more than four decades that I have been reading and writing about the findings of nutritional science, I have come across nothing more intelligent, sensible and simple to follow than the 64 principles outlined in a slender, easy-to-digest new book called “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,” by Michael Pollan.
(...)
In his last book, Mr. Pollan summarized his approach in just seven words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” The new book provides the practical steps, starting with advice to avoid “processed concoctions,” no matter what the label may claim (“no trans fats,” “low cholesterol,” “less sugar,” “reduced sodium,” “high in antioxidants” and so forth).

As Mr. Pollan puts it, “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.”

PennLive (Central PA)
Vegan lifestyle: ‘If it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t eat it.’
David N. Dunkle | Special to PennLive By David N. Dunkle | Special to PennLive
on September 02, 2010 at 2:47 PM, updated October 04, 2010 at 12:44 PM

FitSugar
Get Inspired to Move! Motivational Fitness Quotes
July 9, 2013
(...)
If it came from a plant, eat it.
If it was made in a plant, don’t.
-- Michael Pollan

Posted by Barry Popik
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