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The Diet-Health Nexus: Communicating Emerging Evidence

Award Year: 2008 Investigator: William Hallman, Neal Hooker
As increasing numbers of Americans try to eat healthily and reduce their risk of chronic disease, they are paying more attention to product ingredients, labeling, advertising, and information from a variety of sources about the health benefits of foods and beverages. They are also spending more on foods that they believe are "heart-healthy" or can reduce their risk for certain cancers.

The Sweetening of a Nation: The History, Politics and Health Effects of Sugar and High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Award Year: 2008 Investigator: Gary Taubes
Over the last 150 years, Americans have increased their intake of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) dramatically, so that caloric sweeteners now comprise 20 to 25 percent of the calories we consume. While most experts agree that such large amounts of either sugar or HFCS are bad for our health and should be avoided, we still don't know if they can lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Gary Taubes, M.S.E., M.A.

Race, Racism, and American Medicine

Award Year: 1999 Investigator: Vanessa Northington Gamble
Dr. Gamble examines the relationship of African Americans to the U.S. medical system in the twentieth century.