Marion Nestle on Unstoppable with Kara GoldinMarion Nestle joins me on today’s episode of Unstoppable. Marion is an author and Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health Emerita at NYU.

You might have heard of some of her incredible award winning books like Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety, Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning), and most recently, Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat.

Marion’s research and writings have examined a lot of the scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choices, obesity, and food safety.

On today’s episode we talk about health, food politics, research funding and biases, plus much more.

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“The effects of the funding generally are unconscious. The people who receive the funding don’t realize that it effects them. They don’t recognize the effect. They don’t intend to be bought or intend to be corrupted.” – Marion Nestle

Show Notes:

  • What are food politics
  • How research is funded
  • Why emotions get in the way of evidence
  • How unconscious biases influence food studies
  • The issues with research funding
  • The similarities between food studies and drug studies

“I could only find 11 studies that looked at the effects of food industry funding (the first one was in 2003, the last one was this year), in contrast to literally thousands of studies that have been done on drug industry funding. But to me, it looks about the same.” – Marion Nestle

Links Mentioned:

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“Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures and people should be enjoying it and eating what they love. It makes me really sad that people are in such pain and it makes me angry with the food industry for deliberately confusing people.” – Marion Nestle

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