Nutritionism : The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice

By (author) Scrinis, Gyorgy

From the fear of 'bad nutrients' such as fat and cholesterol, to the celebration of supposedly health-enhancing vitamins and omega-3 fats, our understanding of food and health has been dominated by a reductive scientific focus on nutrients. It is on this basis that butter and eggs have been vilified, yet highly processed foods such as margarine have been promoted as being healthier than whole foods. Gyorgy Scrinis argues that this ideology of nutritionism has narrowed and distorted our appreciation of food quality, while promoting nutrition confusion and nutritional anxieties. The food industry exploits these anxieties by nutritionally modifying their food products, and marketing them with nutritional and health claims. Through a fascinating investigation into such issues as the butter versus margarine debate, the battle between low-fat, low-carb, low-calorie and low-G.I weight-loss diets, the limitations of dietary guidelines, and the search for the optimal dietary pattern - from Mediterranean and vegetarian to paleo diets - Scrinis builds a revealing history of the scientific, social, and economic factors driving our modern fascination with nutrition, and explores alternative ways of understanding food quality.

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  • 1. A Clash of Nutritional Ideologies 2. The Nutritionism Paradigm: Reductive Approaches to Nutrients, Food, and the Body 3. The Era of Quantifying Nutritionism: Protective Nutrients, Caloric Reductionism, and Vitamania 4. The Era of Good-and-Bad Nutritionism: Bad Nutrients and Nutricentric Dietary Guidelines 5. The Macronutrient Diet Wars: From the Low-Fat Campaign to Low-Calorie, Low-Carb, and Low-GI Diets 6. Margarine, Butter, and the Trans-Fats Fiasco 7. The Era of Functional Nutritionism: Functional Nutrients, Superfoods, and Optimal Dietary Patterns 8. Functional Foods: Nutritional Engineering, Nutritional Marketing, and Corporate Nutritionism 9. The Food Quality Paradigm: Alternative Approaches to Food and the Body 10. After Nutritionism Appendix: The Nutritionism and Food Quality Lexicon

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書名 Nutritionism : The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice
著作者等 Scrinis, Gyorgy
書名別名 The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice
出版元 Allen & Unwin
刊行年月 2013.06.01
ページ数 368p
大きさ H234 x W153
ISBN 9781743316924
言語 英語
出版国 オーストラリア