I adore NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" radio news quiz. This week's celebrity guest was Michael Pollan, known food/health writer who is all about natural, whole foods (who isn't?). I believe he wrote "Eat This, Not That", which I keep meaning to get from the library and never do. Comedian/contestant Paula Poundstone brought her A game this week, paraphrased below.
Poundstone: Look, I try to get my kids to eat vegetables and all that, but I gotta tell ya. One of the things that makes my life worth living is Ring-Dings.
Pollan: Well, there's certainly room in the diet for special occasion foods.
Poundstone: Did you hear me? They make life worth living. And you want me to have them one day a year? What the hell is wrong with you?
Pollan: One good way to tell if a food is a good everyday food is to count the number of ingredents. The fewer the ingredients, the closer to a whole food it is.
Poundstone: Three. Devil's food cake - one. Creamy filling - two. Chocolate shell - three.
There you have it.