Debating Your Plate
The Most Controversial Foods and Ingredients
by Randi Minetor
November 2021, 222pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7435-2
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If you’re baffled by the constant barrage of conflicting science, expert opinions, and fads surrounding which foods you should eat and which you should avoid, you are not alone.

This book examines the most controversial foods and ingredients, providing an objective, well-balanced look at the health benefits and risks of each. It equips readers with the information they need to make their own informed decisions about what they eat.

Most people aspire to eat healthy, but what exactly does that mean? While some foods are universally acknowledged as beneficial, such as many vegetables, and others are widely condemned, such as added sugar, many foods have a more controversial reputation.

Debating Your Plate: The Most Controversial Foods and Ingredients offers in-depth coverage of some of the most hotly debated items on grocery store shelves and dinner plates. Each entry provides thorough background and contextual information before examining the unique issues and controversies that surround that food or ingredient. By presenting both sides of the argument in clear, unbiased language, the book allows readers to form their own opinions about which items to include in their diet and which to avoid. On a larger scale, the book also examines why nutrition science is so prone to controversy and ambiguity, and it offers readers guidance on how to evaluate health claims for themselves.


  • Offers a nuanced, unbiased consideration of some of the most controversial foods and ingredients, helping readers to come to their own conclusions and make informed decisions about their diet
  • Helps readers to understand why nutrition science is so prone to controversy and provides guidance on how to carefully evaluate health claims and findings
  • Provides a historical view of nutrition controversy as a whole, as well as the unique historical context of each food and ingredient
  • Dispels the myths, hearsay, and pseudoscience applied to many food choices, including superfoods, commercially manufactured food additives, and natural/organic ingredients
Randi Minetor, MA, is a medical journalist with Western New York Physician magazine and the author of Greenwood's Medical Tests in Context: Innovations and Insights and Blowing Up: The Psychology of Conflict. She is author of more than 70 books on history, business, America's national parks, travel, nature, and general interest.
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