In the modern dietary landscape, it’s sometimes difficult to keep up with the dizzying array of celebrity chefs, Instagram famous wellness gurus, and new “clean eating” trends popping up almost weekly. These dietary prescriptions often come with sweeping promises of outrageous cures for everything from autism and asthma, to cancer and depression, a pathway to true wellness of body, mind, and spirit.
But what effects do this language of dietary virtue and the preoccupation with “clean” eating have on how we think about and relate to food? How do these dietary trends fit into the current cultural landscape? And what should we think about the culture that surrounds the wellness industry?
Professor Rachel Ankeny from the Food Values Research Group here at the University of Adelaide and Dr Christopher Mayes, Research Fellow at Deakin University, join the ABC’s Hilary Harper on Blueprint for Living, to talk about clean eating and the quest for purity.