Nutritionism

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The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice | 5 CEU
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Popularized by Michael Pollan in his best-selling In Defense of Food, nutritionism refers to the reductive understanding of nutrients as key indicators of healthy food―an approach that has dominated nutrition science, dietary advice, and food marketing. Has this ideology narrowed and 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. Explore the scientific, social, and economic factors driving our modern fascination with nutrition.

Start with the era of quantification (i.e., protective nutrients, caloric reductionism, and vitamins' curative effects). Then examine the era of good and bad nutritionism, which set nutricentric dietary guidelines and defined the parameters of unhealthy nutrients. Finally, conclude our current era of functional nutritionism, in which the focus has shifted to targeted nutrients, superfoods, and optimal diets.

Discover an alternative paradigm for assessing the healthfulness of foods―the food quality paradigm―that privileges food production and processing quality, cultural-traditional knowledge, and sensual-practical experience, and promotes less reductive forms of nutrition research and dietary advice.

Learning Objectives

  • Comprehend the concept of nutritionism as the reductive understanding of nutrients as key indicators of healthy food
  • Explain the scientific, social, and economic factors driving our modern fascination with nutrition.
  • Articulate the evolution of our current era of functional nutritionism, in which the focus has shifted to targeted nutrients, superfoods, and optimal diets.
  • Implement an alternative paradigm for assessing the healthfulness of foods.

Exam & Book Info

  • Exam: 25 true/false statements. Downloadable. Unlimited retakes. View our "How It Works" video.
  • Kindle eBook: 1473 KB. ASIN: B00APDGHSG. Accessible in the U.S. only. You must have an active amazon account. The email associated with your active amazon account, must be the same email used for this order. Kindle eBooks can be viewed on Androids, iPhones, iPads, PCs, Macs, etc. Enjoy Kindle eBooks on any device with the free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, PC and Mac, and on Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets. Learn more here.
  • Book: Paperback, 368pp. Feb 2015. ISBN-13: 978-0231156578
Continuing Education Info
  • Accepted by NANP
  • Course Expiry (last date to submit this course for CEU): Sept 30, 2022
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