Controversies In Food And Nutrition

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

The authors explain the varying opinions and underlying issues that surround these debates, shedding new light on tensions over popular diets, fast food, and vegetarianism. Readers will gain a better understanding of these arguments and learn of the controversies surrounding lesser known topics as well, such as food irradiation, organic and imported food, vitamin supplementation, animal growth hormones, and more. Hot topics such as mad cow disease, high-protein diets, food allergies, and genetic modifications are clearly presented. This resource is perfect for high school and college students, as well as the general public.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313317873
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2002
  • Series: Contemporary Controversies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,421,008
  • Lexile: 1280L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

MYRNA CHANDLER GOLDSTEIN has been a freelance writer and independent scholar for two decades. Her website is Doing Good, While Doing Business: Support Socially Responsible Companies (changethemold.com). She is the author of Boys into Men, Controversies in Food and Nutrition, and Controversies in the Practice of Medicine with Greenwood Press.

MARK A. GOLDSTEIN, M.D. is Chief of Pediatrics and Student Health Services at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. with Chandler Goldstein, he is the co-author of Controversies in the Practice of Medicine (Greenwood, 2001) and Boys into Men: Staying Healthy Through the Teen Years (Greenwood, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Food Additives 1
2 Food Irradiation 25
3 Vegetarian/Vegan Diets 43
4 Animal Growth Hormones 65
5 Imported Food 81
6 Life-Enhancing/Life-Threatening Foods 99
7 Food Labeling 119
8 Hidden Ingredients in Food 133
9 Large Doses of Vitamins 147
10 Fast Foods 163
11 Antioxidants 171
12 Organic Foods 191
13 High-Protein Diets 203
14 Popular Diets 215
15 Genetically Modified Foods 231
Index 249
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