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What to Eat

What to Eat

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The New York Academy of Sciences

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Presented by Science & the City


Marion Nestle contends that the modern grocery store is a place where the giants of agribusiness compete for your purchases with profits—not health or nutrition—in mind. Her acclaimed book, What to Eat, helps readers navigate the supermarket aisles and make sensible food choices, from produce to packaged foods. Is organic food better? Are carbohydrates bad? What are "functional foods?"

Nestle has helped millions learn how to decode food labels, nutrition and health claims, and portion sizes, and make decisions about food on the basis of freshness, taste, nutrition, and health, as well as social and environmental issues and, of course, price.

This evening, Marion Nestle will address the science of nutrition, explaining how hard nutrition science is to do and to interpret, and yet how easy it is for food marketers to confuse the science to sell products. Nestle will discuss the hot topics of sponsored science, functional foods, health claims, and self-endorsements, with plenty of time to answer audience questions.

This event is part of the Girls Night Out at the New York Academy of Sciences Series, featuring leading women scientists on topics of special interest to women (and the people who love them).

Other events in this series include:


Marion Nestle

New York University

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, which she chaired from 1988-2003. She also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. Her degrees include a PhD in molecular biology and an MPH in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley. She has held faculty positions at Brandeis University and the UCSF School of Medicine. From 1986-88, she was senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and managing editor of the 1988 Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health.

Her research examines scientific, economic, and social influences on food choice. She is the author of three prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism, and What to Eat. Her latest book, Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine, was published in September 2008. Her forthcoming book with Dr. Malden Nesheim, Feed Your Pet Right, will be published by Free Press/Simon & Schuster in May 2010. She writes the Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle, and blogs daily (almost) at and at the Atlantic Food Channel, and twitters @marionnestle.


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