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Chapter 3 introduces the blur between food and drugs. It is concerned with absorption between persons and markets. It considers the feature of processing and explores the social lives of processed foods to examine relations crafted between forms of domesticity, market forces, and discourses of bodily threat. Metabolism in this chapter is commercially gendered, through the sciences of food processing and food adulteration. On one hand, because many packaged foods were snacks, physicians and nutritionists derided them for being unhealthy and causing weight gain. On the other hand, their aseptic packaging offered a “clean” alternative to foods tainted by seemingly...

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