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Nutritionism : the science and politics of dietary advice, Gyorgy Scrinis

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Nutritionism : the science and politics of dietary advice
Title
Nutritionism
Title remainder
the science and politics of dietary advice
Statement of responsibility
Gyorgy Scrinis
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Demystifies the popular obsession with 'good' versus 'bad' nutrients, showing how this is used by the food industry to promote processed foods with misleading health claims. Gyorgy Scrinis reveals the scientific, social and economic drivers behind this misleading focus on individual nutrients. Scrinis at Uni of Melbourne
  • Popularized by Michael Pollan in his best-selling In Defense of Food, Gyorgy Scrinis's concept of nutritionism refers to the reductive understanding of nutrients as the key indicators of healthy food--an approach that has dominated nutrition science, dietary advice, and food marketing. Scrinis argues this ideology 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. Investigating 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 reveals the scientific, social, and economic factors driving our modern fascination with nutrition. Scrinis develops an original framework and terminology for analyzing the characteristics and consequences of nutritionism since the late nineteenth century. He begins with the era of quantification, in which the idea of protective nutrients, caloric reductionism, and vitamins' curative effects took shape. He follows with the era of good and bad nutritionism, which set nutricentric dietary guidelines and defined the parameters of unhealthy nutrients; and concludes with our current era of functional nutritionism, in which the focus has shifted to targeted nutrients, superfoods, and optimal diets. Scrinis's research underscores the critical role of nutrition science and dietary advice in shaping our relationship to food and our bodies and in heightening our nutritional anxieties. He ultimately shows how nutritionism has aligned the demands and perceived needs of consumers with the commercial interests of food manufacturers and corporations. Scrinis also offers an alternative paradigm for assessing the healthfulness of foods--the food quality paradigm--that privileges food production and processing quality, cultural-traditional knowledge, and sensual-practical experience, and promotes less reductive forms of nutrition research and dietary advice. Gyorgy Scrinis is a lecturer in food politics in the School of Land and Environment at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His research addresses the politics, sociology, and philosophy of food and of science and technology.--From publisher description
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Scrinis, Gyorgy
Index
index present
LC call number
RA784
LC item number
.S435 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Arts and traditions of the table : perspectives on culinary history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nutrition
  • Food
  • Functional foods
  • Public health
  • Food
  • Functional foods
  • Nutrition
  • Public health
  • Diät
  • Ernährungsgewohnheit
  • Functional Food
  • Gesunde Ernährung
  • Politik
  • USA
  • Näringslära
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Nutritionism : the science and politics of dietary advice, Gyorgy Scrinis
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-330) and index
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volume
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nc
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text
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Contents
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 macronutrient diet wars : from the low-fat campaign to low-calorie, low-carb, and low-GI diets -- Margarine, butter, and the trans-fats fiasco -- The era of functional nutritionism : functional nutrients, superfoods, and optimal dietary patterns -- Functional foods : nutritional engineering, nutritional marketing, and corporate nutritionism -- The food quality paradigm : alternative approaches to food and the body -- After nutritionism
Control code
824353141
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 352 pages
Isbn
9780231156561
Lccn
2012050819
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022471695
System control number
(OCoLC)824353141
Label
Nutritionism : the science and politics of dietary advice, Gyorgy Scrinis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-330) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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 macronutrient diet wars : from the low-fat campaign to low-calorie, low-carb, and low-GI diets -- Margarine, butter, and the trans-fats fiasco -- The era of functional nutritionism : functional nutrients, superfoods, and optimal dietary patterns -- Functional foods : nutritional engineering, nutritional marketing, and corporate nutritionism -- The food quality paradigm : alternative approaches to food and the body -- After nutritionism
Control code
824353141
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 352 pages
Isbn
9780231156561
Lccn
2012050819
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022471695
System control number
(OCoLC)824353141

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