Recent poll finds Rachael Ray to be more trustworthy than Michael Pollan

Pollan and Ray

In a recent Reader's Digest poll that asked 1000 readers who were the "most trustworthy," Rachael Ray ranked #31 and Michael Pollan ranked #83 - less trustworthy than Steve Harvey (#72), Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson(#54), andTim Tebow(#40).

While we certainly applaud Ray's efforts to encourage home cooking, given that Pollan has really motivated the healthy food movement, this is a litttle surprising. The Braiser, which reported the results, has some amusing theories on why the ranking difference. These include:

  • Ray's inventions of the garbage bowl is more impressive than Pollan's five NY Times best-selling books
  • Sex appeal
  • Rachael is often photographed with her dog - the true sign of trustworthiness
  • He doesn't use friendly, pithy abbreviations like Rachael's "EVOO" or "sammies" - somehow, Pollan's most famous quote "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants" doesn't really work as an abbreviation (EFNTMMP).

We think it might have something to do with hair (or lack thereof).


  • Julie C  on  6/18/2013 at 10:57 AM

    Consider the demographic of Readers Digest readers. My mom reads it, and she would have no clue who Michael Pollan even is, but she knows who Rachael Ray is. So, that has a lot to do with the rankings. Oh, and she loves Tim Tebow :-P

  • rivergait  on  6/18/2013 at 2:38 PM

    1000 people, who read Readers' Digest? Come on...this is like asking the 8th grade science class who is their favorite astrophysicist.

  • Breadcrumbs  on  6/18/2013 at 7:23 PM

    Irrelevant . There's 2 minutes I'll never get back. Sheesh!

  • Laura  on  6/20/2013 at 4:05 PM

    My God, how much longer are we going to have to view Rachel's cleavage every time we log on to EYB?

  • Jane  on  6/20/2013 at 10:34 PM

    I think you're confusing us with another site Laura - this post seems to have the only photo that you could possibly object to.

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