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America's leading nutritionist exposes how the food industry corrupts scientific research for profit.

Is chocolate heart-healthy? Does yogurt prevent type-two diabetes? Do pomegranates help cheat death? News accounts bombard us with such amazing claims, report them as science, and influence what we eat. Yet, as Marion Nestle explains, these studies are more about marketing than science; they are often paid for by companies that sell those foods. 

Whether it's a Coca-Cola-backed study hailing light exercise as a calorie neutralizer, or blueberry-sponsored investigators proclaiming that this fruit prevents erectile dysfunction, every corner of the food industry knows how to turn conflicted research into big profit. As Nestle argues, it's time to put public health first. With unmatched rigor and insight, Unsavory Truth reveals how the food industry manipulates nutrition science - and suggests what we can do about it.

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©2018 Marion Nestle (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Nestle delivers a groundbreaking look at how food corporations influence nutrition research and public policy.... General and specialist readers alike will appreciate this important message for consumers." (Publishers Weekly)

"Marion Nestle has been a guiding light for sanity, credibility, and justice in food and nutrition for decades; she stands alone in her field. In Unsavory Truth, she exposes the awful deceptions practiced on eaters by manipulative food companies using 'scientific research' to try to make themselves look good." (Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything)

"In her latest book, Unsavory Truth, Nestle levels a withering fusillade of criticism against food and beverage companies that use questionable science and marketing to push their own agendas about what should end up on our dinner tables.... There is indeed something rotten in the state of dietary science, but books like this show us that we consumers also hold a great deal of power." (Science)

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Great uncovering of industry funding

I enjoyed the information on how industry funding has influenced marketing and ultimately purchasing by consumers. this book uncovers the need for transparency and industry requirements of funding on all research. We definitely need more independent funding across the board.

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  • 11-19-20

in depth look at commercial research funding

A look into the pitfalls of food company sponsored research. A caution against and reasons to accept funding.

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  • Tay Lor
  • 08-19-19

Sadly lacking

Sadly the book was lacking, full of what everyone already knows and presented as if it’s new information. Very disappointing