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Carolyn Thomas addresses the relationship of race, technology, and scholarship in an article (The History of Technology, the Resistance of Archives, and the Whiteness of Race) in the October, 2010 issue of Technology and Culture (an International Quarterly of the Society for the History of Technology).

Sweet Nothings by Carolyn De la Peña. Artificial sweeteners have been sold as diet aids for more than 50 years. So why don’t we know if they really work?—Fall 2010 Online Edition of Ms. Magazine (link to complete article coming soon)

Carolyn Thomas: What’s that diet soda teaching you? Posted on the University of North Carolina Press Blog by Ellen Bush on 25 October 2010, 11:16 am. Carolyn de la Peña describes how these “sweet cheats” have fostered troubling and unsustainable eating habits that contribute to America’s obesity epidemic.

Why did hundreds of thousands of Americans rebel when the Food and Drug Administration announced it would ban saccharin--because it might cause cancer—in 1977? Read their reasons, put into the context of risk and pleasure in the 1970s, in order to better understand the complex reasons Americans became advocates for artificial sweetener during the era.

 



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EMPTY PLEASURES
The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda
by Carolyn de la Peña

The University of North Carolina Press

Paperback available in August!

Copyright 2010 Carolyn Thomas