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Unsavory Truth : How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat.
2018
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America's leading nutritionist exposes how the food industry corrupts scientific research for profit <br> <br> 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.<br> <br>
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It's reasonable to expect that food companies will employ all means necessary to market their products. What's surprising is the extensive and insidious lengths some go to in presenting their foodstuffs as healthy, desirable, and even necessary components of a balanced diet. This exposé documents numerous examples of corporations wooing experts to conduct studies that produce dubious results, such as that children who eat candy tend to be less obese, and chocolate milk alleviates concussions. While it may seem logical that the Food and Drug Administration would curtail such ""research,"" Nestle (Food Politics , 2002; What to Eat , 2006) describes how some major food interests fund nutritionists to infiltrate professional organizations and government-sponsored studies, influence food-related publishing, from scientific journals to foodie blogs, and successfully lobby against any legislation that might affect sales. The solution? Consumers should ""vote with their forks"", question company-authored food studies about nutrition or health, and demand that elected officials investigate and verify published results. This well-documented, accessible venture makes a compelling argument.--Kathleen McBroom Copyright 2018 Booklist
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