Baby Steps Nutrition Podcast

Episode 40: Interview with Dr. Marion Nestle- Power and Politics in America's Food Industry

Episode Summary

As the public, as much as we’d like to put our trust and belief in governing bodies to provide honest and transparent messaging when it comes to food and nutrition, unfortunately this is not the case. What is the intersection between food, science, public health and politics? Why are the majority of chronic illnesses in this country linked to diet? On this influential episode of The Baby Steps Nutrition Podcast, Argavan speaks with the one and only Dr. Marion Nestle, a Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, at New York University. She is also Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. She earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been awarded honorary degrees from Transylvania University in Kentucky (2012) and from the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College (2016). Dr. Nestle’s research examines scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choice, obesity, and food safety, with an emphasis on the role of food industry influence. Furthermore, she is the author of six prize-winning books, including Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, and most recently Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat. She’s also written books about politics in pet food. Dr. Nestle and Argavan discuss why it’s not easy to be a ‘smart’ consumer, the supply and demand around 'functional' foods and the real truth behind health claims and why, in a very wealthy country like the United States, the majority of people are overfed yet undernourished. Incredibly fascinating and eye-opening information every single person should know about! Don’t miss it!

Episode Notes

Mentioned in this Episode:


Dr. Nestle’s Daily Blog


Dr. Nestle’s Books


The Dietary Guidelines for Americans


Argavan Nilforoush’s solo episode on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans



For more on Dr. Nestle, you can follow her on Twitter @marionnestle and through her website


For more on Argavan Nilforoush, be sure to follow her on Instagram @babystepsnutrition, on Facebook: Baby Steps Nutrition Podcast page, on Twitter @argavanRDN, on LinkedIn @ArgavanNilforoush and through her