Measured Meals: Nutrition in America

Measured Meals: Nutrition in America

by Jessica J. Mudry, J. Mudry
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791493814

ISBN-13: 9780791493816

Pub. Date: 02/05/2009

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Provides an alternative history of nutrition in the U.S. that focuses on the power of scientific language.

As nutritional studies proliferate, producing more and more knowledge about the connection between diet and health, Americans seem increasingly confused about what to eat to stay healthy. In Measured Meals, Jessica J. Mudry looks at the language used in

Overview

Provides an alternative history of nutrition in the U.S. that focuses on the power of scientific language.

As nutritional studies proliferate, producing more and more knowledge about the connection between diet and health, Americans seem increasingly confused about what to eat to stay healthy. In Measured Meals, Jessica J. Mudry looks at the language used in the United States to communicate about health and nutrition, and reveals its effects on reframing, reshaping, and controlling what and how Americans eat. Analyzing the USDA and American federal food guidelines over the past one hundred years, Mudry shows how the language of nutrition has evolved over time. She critiques the trend of discussing food in terms of quantification—calories, vitamins, and serving sizes. She also examines how organizations such as the USDA attempt to legislate a healthy diet by mandating quantities of food based on measurable nutrients, revealing the power of language to make meaning and influence social action.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791493816
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/05/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

1. Introduction
Eating by Numbers: How Language Shapes Food and Eating

2. The Early History of American Nutrition Research: From Quality to Quantity

3. Reading Federal Nutrition Guides: Quantification as Communication Strategy

4. The Food Pyramid: Visualizing Quantification

5. Scaling the Pyramid: Criticisms of the USDA

6. Talking about Taste: Alternatives to a Discourse of Quantification

7. Conclusion
Rethinking Common Sense: Toward a Rhetoric of Eating Notes

References
Index

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