Definitions

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  • n. A paradigm that assumes that it is the scientifically identified nutrients in foods that determine their value in the diet.

Etymologies

nutrition +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This chapter on eating patterns provides a nice counterpoint to the reductionism -- what Michael Pollan calls "nutritionism" -- of scientific discussion of diet and health.

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  • In his In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan pretty much debunked the tenets of what he called "nutritionism" - the idea that human nutrition could be reduced to a set of macronutrients (vitamin A, the B vitamins, etc.), which could then be isolated and fed to be people to keep them healthy.

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  • What really galls me about Healthy Choice is what it represents: the triumph of "nutritionism," that dubious dietary trend skewered by Michael Pollan in his bestseller In Defense of Food.

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  • In these humble lumps of protoplasm, Pollan sees salvation from the tyranny of "nutritionism" — the reductive science of identifying nutrients and adding them one by one to "fortify" industrial food products.

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  • Echoes of Michael Pollan's warning against the evil of "nutritionism," the ideology that sees food only as the sum total of its nutrients.

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  • We have come to look upon "nutritionism" as a valid means of determining (healthy) value in our diet; food has been reduced to its composition of good and bad nutrients, but are we really eating healthier?

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  • The most starkly illustrative point Pollan made about the art of "nutritionism", as he called it, is that it is such a relatively new discipline:

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  • What really galls me about Healthy Choice is what it represents: the triumph of "nutritionism," that dubious dietary trend skewered by Michael Pollan in his bestseller

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  • (Sometimes even healthier than their soil counterparts that undergo pathogen-related stress) Plants take up nutrients in much less complex forms than we do, so while I agree with your point that healthy soil leads to healthy plants, I don't agree with your "nutritionism" argument, at least in regard to nutrient content in adult plants.

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  • Pollan's topics include a thorough demolition of "nutritionism," the reigning health ideology that offers dizzying and ever-changing advice on polyunsaturated this and low-fat that, often in the cause of selling highly processed food products.

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