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Nutrition in a social and environmental context: an introduction

Chapter


Abstract


  • Food is the main agent of nutrition because it delivers essential components that sustain health.

    The position of food in society, however, is complex. We tend to eat food in a social and cultural

    context, so we may not always recognise the connections between nutrition science and food on the

    table. The culinary arts add a further dimension to this setting, and culinary practices may make little

    if any reference to nutritional concepts. Finally, in Western urbanised societies, food production,

    manufacturing and distribution is managed within a sophisticated industrial and trade-oriented

    system, where economics is a critical factor. Nevertheless, given the connection between food and

    health, knowledge of nutrition remains important, and there is a role for nutrition practice in all these

    domains. This chapter introduces the wider context in which nutrition science operates, to set the

    scene for more detailed discussion later (see Chapter 13).

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Tapsell, L. (2013). Nutrition in a social and environmental context: an introduction. In L. Tapsell (Eds.), Food, Nutrition and Health (pp. 26-36). South Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford University Press.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780195518344

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1328

Book Title


  • Food, Nutrition and Health

Start Page


  • 26

End Page


  • 36

Place Of Publication


  • South Melbourne, Victoria

Abstract


  • Food is the main agent of nutrition because it delivers essential components that sustain health.

    The position of food in society, however, is complex. We tend to eat food in a social and cultural

    context, so we may not always recognise the connections between nutrition science and food on the

    table. The culinary arts add a further dimension to this setting, and culinary practices may make little

    if any reference to nutritional concepts. Finally, in Western urbanised societies, food production,

    manufacturing and distribution is managed within a sophisticated industrial and trade-oriented

    system, where economics is a critical factor. Nevertheless, given the connection between food and

    health, knowledge of nutrition remains important, and there is a role for nutrition practice in all these

    domains. This chapter introduces the wider context in which nutrition science operates, to set the

    scene for more detailed discussion later (see Chapter 13).

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Tapsell, L. (2013). Nutrition in a social and environmental context: an introduction. In L. Tapsell (Eds.), Food, Nutrition and Health (pp. 26-36). South Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford University Press.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780195518344

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1328

Book Title


  • Food, Nutrition and Health

Start Page


  • 26

End Page


  • 36

Place Of Publication


  • South Melbourne, Victoria