The Resource Nutritionism: : the science and politics of dietary advice, Gyorgy Scrinis, (ebook)

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

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Nutritionism: : the science and politics of dietary advice
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Nutritionism:
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the science and politics of dietary advice
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Gyorgy Scrinis
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eng
Summary
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 foodan 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
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Midwest
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Scrinis, Gyorgy
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613.2
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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hoopla digital
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Arts and traditions of the table : perspectives on culinary history
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  • Nutrition
  • Food
  • Functional foods
  • Public health
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adult
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Nutritionism: : the science and politics of dietary advice, Gyorgy Scrinis, (ebook)
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9780231527149
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MWT11861825
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11861825
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Nutritionism: : the science and politics of dietary advice, Gyorgy Scrinis, (ebook)
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Publication
Color
multicolored
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780231527149
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11861825
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11861825
System control number
MWT11861825
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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