Eating to Live: Heritage vs. Health

Although I majored in History and Psychology in school, I’ve always had a passion for health and nutrition and I was ecstatic to stumble upon this topic for my undergraduate thesis. We had to write about some kind of reform movement originating in the nineteenth century, and while most think of abolition or temperance or woman’s rights, I immediately seized on Sylvester Graham’s go at reforming the nation’s diet and health habits. This afforded me a rewarding opportunity to round out my knowledge of dietary recommendations with a comprehensive history and analysis of those recommendations. Below is my full fifteen-page article. If you happen to be interested in the subject but don’t feel like reading the whole thing, I recommend starting where footnote 13 is: Modern efforts to get us eating right and their dubious effectiveness.

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