During the third stage of the seminar, the Sociology of Nutrition, participants must come to understand that “nutritionism” as both an ideological perspective and a theoretical framework is a powerful social factor. They will learn how nutritionism has developed through the three important periods in the history of nutrition science and nutritional advice identified by Scrinis. They will consider some of the important discoveries and controversies of each period.
In order to understand the discoveries and controversies they will need to learn some basic nutritional terminology including (but not limited to):
- Saturated fat
- Unsaturated fat
- Polyunsaturated fat
- Whole foods
- Processed foods
- Edible food like substances
They will also learn the terms used to describe several dietary systems, for example, the standard American diet (SAD), vegetarian, vegan, paleolithic, whole foods, as well as low carbohydrate, etc.