Earlier this week, food journalist and author Michael Pollan appeared on the Daily Show to promote his new book "Food Rules" and discuss the high costs associated with cheap food.

Earlier this week, food journalist and author Michael Pollan appeared on the Daily Show to promote his latest book “Food Rules,” a straightforward set of guidelines for helping us navigate the increasingly complex question of “What should you eat?” In discussing the book, Pollan points to the hidden costs of cheap food on both the health of ourselves and the environment. Pollan cites a staggering statistic, noting that the average American receives 20 percent of their annual calories from high fructose corn syrup, a figure that explains the high incidences of preventable diseases such as type II diabetes.

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