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Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice

Gyorgy Scrinis


Popularized by Michael Pollan in his best-selling In Defense of Food, this book's concept of nutritionism refers to the reductive understanding of nutrients as the key indicators of healthy food—an approach that has dominated nutrition science, dietary advice, and food marketing. The book 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, a ... More

Keywords: Michael Pollan, nutrients, nutritionism, healthy food, dietary advice, food marketing, food quality, processed foods, nutritional anxieties

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231156578
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156578.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gyorgy Scrinis, author
University of Melbourne