Food and Nutrition Controversies Today: A Reference Guide

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Food and Nutrition Controversies Today: A Reference Guide

Format:  Hardcover,

242 pages

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group

Publish Date: Apr 2009

ISBN-13: 9780313354021

ISBN-10: 0313354022

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Is any food safe? Will mad cow disease kill us all? How many calories are really in your restaurant Caesar salad? Modern consumers are besieged with conflicting messages about food and nutrition, making it difficult for the lay person to know what to believe. This no-nonsense resource explores the latest controversies in the field of food and nutrition, presenting readers with the varying opinions and underlying facts that fuel these debates. Fifteen chapters focus on hot topics like organic food, bottled water, and deadly bacterial outbreaks as well as lesser known issues such as food irradiation, vitamin supplementation, animal growth hormones, and more.

One of the few resources of its kind, this informative reference is perfect for high school and college students and the conscientious consumer. Since most books on food and diet approach the issues with a clear agenda, this work's unbiased tone and evenhanded treatment of information make it a particularly valuable tool. Features include a detailed index, 20 black and white illustrations, and a rich and deep bibliography of print and electronic materials useful for further research.

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Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
Publish Date: Apr 2009
ISBN-13: 9780313354021
ISBN-10: 0313354022
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 242
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Dedication
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Antioxidants Bottled Water Fast Food Fats Fish
Food Labeling Genetically Engineered Dairy Products
Genetically Modified Foods Hidden Ingredients
Imported Food Life-Enhancing/Life-Threatening Foods Not Just Cows Milk
Organic Foods Popular Diets Raw Food Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-08-01)

This is an unbiased, evenhanded introductory discussion of 16 food-related subjects-ranging from antioxidants, various diets, and fats to food labeling, genetically modified/engineered foods, and life-enhancing/life-threatening foods. While accurate and current, this title would have been more useful had the authors expanded coverage of such issues as Vitamin D, calcium, and Mad Cow Disease rather than simply updating and reprinting some of the chapters from their 2002 book of the same name.

Although there is no indication that this is a second edition of the earlier work, both books have striking similarities when it comes to coverage, format, and organization. The authors have previously collaborated on Controversies in the Practice of Medicine. Bottom Line A few typographical errors aside (e.g., "whine" is used for wine), this is likely to be of interest to high school, public, and junior college libraries that do not already own the 2002 title. Purchase where needed.

-Laurie Selwyn, formerly Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Is any food safe? Will Mad Cow Disease kill us all? How many calories are really in your restaurant Caesar salad? Modern consumers are besieged with conflicting messages about food and nutrition, making it difficult for the lay person to know what to believe. This no-nonsense resource explores the latest controversies in the field of food and nutrition, presenting readers with the varying opinions and underlying facts that fuel these debates.

Fifteen chapters focus on hot topics like organic food, bottled water, and deadly bacterial outbreaks as well as lesser known issues such as food irradiation, vitamin supplementation, animal growth hormones, and more. This informative reference is perfect for high school and college students or for the conscientious consumer.

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