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Title:
Unsavory truth : how food companies skew the science of what we eat / Marion Nestle.
ISBN:
9781541697119
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Basic Books, [2018]
Physical Description:
310 pages ; 24 cm
Contents:
The food industry and nutrition -- A cautionary tale : drug company influence -- The unusual complexity of nutrition research -- How sweet it is : sugar and candy as health foods -- Promoting meat and dairy consumption -- Research on healthy foods: marketing, not necessarily science -- Coca-Cola : a case study in itself -- Conflicted advisory committees : then and now -- Coopting researchers : the American Society for Nutrition -- Influencing nutrition education and practice societies -- Justifications, rationales, excuses : isn't everyone conflicted? -- Disclosure-and its discontents -- Managing conflicts : early attempts -- Beyond disclosure : what to do? -- Stakeholders : take action.
Abstract:
"Is chocolate heart-healthy? Does yogurt prevent type 2 diabetes? Do pomegranates help cheat death? News accounts bombard us with such amazing claims, report them as science, and influence what we eat. Yet, as Marion Nestle explains, these studies are more about marketing than science; they are often paid for by companies that sell those foods. Whether it's a Coca-Cola-backed study hailing light exercise as a calorie neutralizer, or blueberry-sponsored investigators proclaiming that this fruit prevents erectile dysfunction, every corner of the food industry knows how to turn conflicted research into big profit. As Nestle argues, it's time to put public health first. Written with unmatched rigor and insight, Unsavory Truth reveals how the food industry manipulates nutrition science--and suggests what we can do about it"-- Provided by publisher.
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America's leading nutritionist exposes how the food industry corrupts scientific research for profit

Is chocolate heart-healthy? Does yogurt prevent type 2 diabetes? Do pomegranates help cheat death? News accounts bombard us with such amazing claims, report them as science, and influence what we eat. Yet, as Marion Nestle explains, these studies are more about marketing than science; they are often paid for by companies that sell those foods. Whether it's a Coca-Cola-backed study hailing light exercise as a calorie neutralizer, or blueberry-sponsored investigators proclaiming that this fruit prevents erectile dysfunction, every corner of the food industry knows how to turn conflicted research into big profit. As Nestle argues, it's time to put public health first. Written with unmatched rigor and insight, Unsavory Truth reveals how the food industry manipulates nutrition science--and suggests what we can do about it.


Author Notes

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health, emerita, at New York University, and Visiting Professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell. She has a PhD in molecular biology and an MPH in public health nutrition from UC Berkeley. She lives in New York City.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Nestle (Soda Politics) delivers a groundbreaking look at how food corporations influence nutrition research and public policy. Her focus, influenced by her own experience as a nutrition researcher, is on the myriad conflicts of interest created when food corporations fund research projects into public health. She opens with a Coca-Cola-backed study as an example of how corporations sponsor nutrition research that ultimately supports their own marketing goals-in this case, by backing researchers who showed exercise as more consequential than diet for influencing body weight. Nestle goes on to find many more examples of corporate-backed studies affecting the often misleading marketing consumers receive about the health benefits of various foods, including in the meat, yogurt, and milk industries. She also provides solutions for managing these conflicts of interest, acknowledging that not all industry-backed research is biased or false. To this end, Nestle cites several examples of organizations, such as World Obesity, that are paving the way for establishing ethical standards when using corporate funding. However, she insists that it is imperative to eventually disengage research from food industry funding altogether. General and specialist readers alike will appreciate this important message for consumers. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

1 The Food Industry and Nutritionp. 1
2 A Cautionary Tale: Drug Company Influencep. 13
3 The Unusual Complexity of Nutrition Researchp. 29
4 How Sweet It Is: Sugar and Candy as Health Foodsp. 45
5 Selling Meat and Dairy Foodsp. 61
6 Research on Healthy Foods: Marketing, Not Necessarily Sciencep. 75
7 Coca-Cola: A Case Study in Itselfp. 91
8 Conflicted Advisory Committees: Then and Nowp. 107
9 Co-opted? The American Society for Nutritionp. 125
10 Nutrition Education and Dietetics Societies: Industry Influencep. 141
11 Justifications, Rationales, Excuses: Isn't Everyone Conflicted?p. 157
12 Disclosure-and Its Discontentsp. 173
13 Managing Conflicts: Early Attemptsp. 189
14 Beyond Disclosure: What to Do?p. 203
15 Stakeholders: Take Actionp. 217
Acknowledgmentsp. 233
Abbreviationsp. 237
Notesp. 239
Notes to Tablesp. 287
Indexp. 291