From a book blurb:
Popularized by Michael Pollan in his best-selling In Defense of Food, Gyorgy Scrinis's concept of nutritionism refers to the reductive understanding of nutrients as the key indicators of healthy food—an approach that has dominated nutrition science, dietary advice, and food marketing. Scrinis argues this ideology has narrowed and in some cases distorted our appreciation of food quality, such that even highly processed foods may be perceived as healthful depending on their content of "good" or "bad" nutrients.
Isn't the fixation on component chemical elements of the traditional ingredients of beer - malt, yeast, water, hops - just a variant of nutritionism? When I have a beer, I pretty much associate the experience with the beer and not any of its component part - and certainly not the chemical elements of the main components. Is the love of dissecting and parsing out brett or myrcene really all that different from the fixation on ensuring you have enough Omega 3 or oat bran?