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Food FightsHow History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates$
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Charles C. Ludington and Matthew Morse Booker

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469652894

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652894.001.0001

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What Does It Mean to Eat Right?

What Does It Mean to Eat Right?

Nutrition, Science, and Society

(p.124) 6 What Does It Mean to Eat Right?
Food Fights

Charlotte Biltekoff

University of North Carolina Press

Over the course of their lifetimes, Americans will be given a vast array of changing and sometimes contradictory advice about what constitutes healthy eating and drinking. Charlotte Biltekoff looks at the history of nutrition science to argue that the reason for the changing advice has less to do with science per se, and more to do with the fact that what constitutes “eating right” is a product of social values that are determined by the dominant classes. These classes define their own eating habits as healthy and the mark of good citizenship, thereby condemning those (historically immigrants and the poor) to second-class status.

Keywords:   Nutrition, Soda, Juice, Diet, Eating Right, Citizenship, Health

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