Something to Chew On: Challenging Controversies in Food and Health

Something to Chew On: Challenging Controversies in Food and Health

by mike Gibney


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"Something to Chew On" is an informative and entertaining book which covers from a scientific point of view all of the worldwide controversies dominating the popular press in relation to the safety and wholesomeness of the modern food chain. It deals with the topics of organic food, GM foods, obesity, growing old, the integrity of food research, global warming, global malnutrition, consumer perception of food-borne risk, our gut bacteria, and how nutrition during pregnancy primes us for health in later life. Each chapter presents multiple arguments and comes to a well-supported conclusion. Mike Gibney provides interesting examples, reports and stories from many countries. The book is highly suitable for the general reader and will be an invaluable guide to the science of nutrition for students of food and health.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906359676
Publisher: University College Dublin Press
Publication date: 07/20/2012
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Abbreviations xiii

1 With Regard to Food 1

2 Sugar and Spice and All Things Nasty 5

5 Modified Foods: Genetic or Atomic? 15

4 The Metrics of Food and Health 29

5 Personalised Nutrition: Fitting into your Genes 40

6 Plastic Babies: The Phenomenon of Epigenetics 50

7 Your Inside is Out: Food, the Gut and Health 62

8 A Tsunami of Lard: The Global Epidemic of Obesity 74

9 Greying Matters 90

10 Food and Health: The Science, Policy and Politics 102

11 My Food Your Poison: Who Sees What in Food? 114

12 How the Other Half Dies 124

13 Mankind and Mother Earth 140

14 Projections and Reflections 153

Notes 157

Index 168

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