Controversies in Food and Nutrition

Controversies in Food and Nutrition

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Controversies in Food and Nutrition

Controversies in Food and Nutrition

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You can never have too many vitamins, until they kill you. Eat meat, but avoid beef, chicken, turkey, and pork. Packaged foods are more efficiently preserved than they were 100 years ago--but should we actually eat the stuff? Consumers are besieged with conflicting messages about food and nutrition, making it difficult for the average customer to know what to believe. Is anything safe at McDonald's? Do carbohydrates cause obesity? This provocative new resource explores 15 common controversies in the field of food and nutrition.

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Society is bombarded with messages about food and nutrition. These messages often conflict with one another. One expert may tell us that food irradiation is perfectly safe and should be used far more often to preserve the safety and integrity of our foods. Another expert may question whether exposing food to radiation places people who eat the food at risk for certain illnesses. In a country that is dealing with record rates of obesity, none of the experts agree on the best way to lose weight. Should one eat a diet that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates or one high in carbohydrates and low in protein? Should one eat foods only in certain combinations, or cut out meat entirely? The average consumer is at a clear disadvantage. It is not easy to sort through the options and opinions.

While there are a seemingly endless number of food and nutrition controversies, this book has focused on just fifteen. We attempted to select those concerns that were most commonly discussed in the media and that would be of interest to most people. The chapters are designed to serve as introductions, presenting the various sides of the controversies. Each of the topics has been studied extensively by researchers and continues to be. Many of them have been the subjects of books. If your interest is sparked, you may easily find more resources to review, such as the numerous references listed at the end of each chapter. All the chapters close with listings of Web sites.

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