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Nutritionism : the science and politics of dietary advice / Gyorgy Scrinis.

Scrinis, Gyorgy, (author.).
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Subject: Nutrition > Public opinion.
Food > Composition.
Functional foods.
Public health > Political aspects.
General Interest.
Nutritional Requirements.
Food Analysis.
Functional Food.
Nutrition Policy.
Public Opinion.
Genre: Electronic books.
Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9780231527149
  • ISBN: 0231527144
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (vi, 352 pages).
  • Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2013]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-330) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: A clash of nutritional ideologies -- The nutritionism paradigm : reductive approaches to nutrients, food, and the body -- The era of quantifying nutritionism : protective nutrients, caloric reductionism, and vitamania -- The era of good-and-bad nutritionism : bad nutrients and nutricentric dietary guidelines -- The macro-nutrient diet wars : from the low-fat campaign to low-calorie, low-carb, and low-GI diets -- Margarine, butter, and the trans-fats fiasco : from trans-fats to I-fats -- The era of functional nutritionism : targeted nutrients, superfoods, and optimal diets -- The nutritional fa├žade of functional foods : nutritional engineering, nutritional marketing, and corporate nutritionism -- The food quality paradigm : alternative approaches to food and the body -- After nutritionism.
Summary: Popularized by Michael Pollan in his best-selling In Defense of Food, Gyorgy Scrinis' concept of nutritionism refers to the reductive understanding of nutrients as the key indicators of healthy food?an approach to food that now dominates nutrition science, dietary advice, and food marketing. Scrinis argues that this ideology of nutritionism has narrowed and in some cases distorted our appreciation of food quality, such that even highly processed foods may be perceived as healthful depending on their content of "good" or "bad" nutrients. Through an engaging investigation into such issues as the butter versus margarine debate, the battle between low-fat, low-carb, and other weight-loss diets, and the food industry's strategic promotion of nutritionally enhanced foods, Scrinis builds a revealing history of the scientific, social, and economic factors driving our modern fascination with nutrition.
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