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The Trust Crisis in HealthcareCauses, Consequences, and Cures$
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David A. Shore

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176360

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176360.001.0001

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Confusion at the Table: Can We Trust That Our Food Is Healthy?

Confusion at the Table: Can We Trust That Our Food Is Healthy?

(p.122) 12 Confusion at the Table: Can We Trust That Our Food Is Healthy?
The Trust Crisis in Healthcare

Walter C. Willett

Oxford University Press

Eating is essentially an act of trust because we trust that the food that we eat, most of which we are not responsible for farming or processing, is safe. However, instances of food contamination and confusing dietary recommendations occur. This chapter examines to what extent we can trust the information we receive from the government and other organizations regarding food safety and health. It discusses the confusion about trans fats and carbohydrates in nutrition as an example of how dietary advice is frequently misleading, misinterpreted, and not based on strong scientific evidence.

Keywords:   dietary recommendations, nutrition, trans fat, carbohydrates, food safety

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