Food Industry and Political Influences on American Nutrition

  • Marion NestleEmail author
  • Ted Wilson
Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)


We eat what we buy and decisions about what we buy are heavily influenced by the food industry, government policies, and our personal beliefs about food. A nutritionist’s viewpoint with respect to eating is expected to be governed largely by objective, peer-reviewed science, but the beliefs of most people are insulated from that primary layer of information. In modern industrialized nations, most people’s beliefs and behaviors about nutrition are influenced directly or indirectly by, amongst other factors, governmental nutritional policy. For all of us, appreciating the influence placed on our nutrition habits can be a tough pill to swallow.


Politics Consumer rights Public advocacy Corporate self-regulation Food and Drug Administration US Department of Agriculture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public HealthNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Nutritional SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  3. 3.Department of BiologyWinona State UniversityWinonaUSA

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