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The paper project is a response paper to a separate nutrition reading or film, found on the Suggested readings list or suggested by the student.

Final Paper Assignment and Grading

Objective: The aim of this assignment is to have the student create a 2-3 page paper where they will engage in a guided reflection of a current book about nutrition. The ultimate aim of the assignment is to help the student create a framework for reading and interpreting medial dealing with the shifting landscape of both scientific and popular information about nutrition. YOU MAY CHOOSE ANY BOOK OR DOCUMENTARY THAT DEALS WITH NUTRITION (nutrition and health, social issues, environment, politics, etc…)

Process: After choosing your reading, please consider the following questions as you proceed through the material, and address these issues in your paper.

Please address these issues clearly

(you may utilize a listing of these issues within the body of the paper)

How trustworthy is the author? What credibility do they have to be able to write critically about nutrition? How did they do their research? Are their sources credible?

If you watch a documentary – how is the creator of the documentary using the film’s structure and content to influence the message you receive?

Given your understanding of nutrition and science, are the ideas that they are promoting in their book correct? If not, why not?

What are the concepts and ideas that you learned from this book? What things do you feel are things that other people should learn?

How will you take this information and utilize it or expand upon it in your own life? Please outline your overall response to the book and the ideas within it as well

Suggested Readings
For those who are interested in examining the way we eat:
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, By Michael Pollan
Food Rules, by Michael Pollan
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, by Mary Roach
Whole, Rethinking the Science of Nutriton, by T.Colin Campbell
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, by David
A. Kessler (Links to an external site.)
Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics, by Marion Nestle
Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics by Marion Nestle
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, by Michael Moss (Links to an
external site.)
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser (Links
to an external site.)
Marion Nestle – author of many books including:
o Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and
Health (Links to an external site.)
o What to Eat (Links to an external site.)
o Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) (Links to an
external site.)
o Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics
o Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (Links to an external site.)
For those who are interested in agriculture, organics, farming, etc.:
The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, by Dan Barber
Organic: A Journalist’s Quest to Discover the Truth behind Food Labeling (Links to
an external site.) by Peter Laufer
For those who have an interest in food science and cooking:
On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, by Harold McGee
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human, by Richard Wrangham
Medium Raw, by Anthony Bourdain
Cooked, a Natural History of Transformation, by Michael Pollan
For those who want to connect nutrition to other scientific fields:
Missing Microbes, How the Overuse of Antibiotics is Fueling Our Modern Plagues,
by Martin J. Blaser
The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease, by Daniel E.
Zoobiqquity: What Animals can Teach us about Health and the Science of Healing,
byBarbara Natterson-Horowitz.

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