Ask Leah! The Ingles Dietitian

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6 Books worth reading if you like to learn more about medicine, food history, and agriculture.  Let me know what books you’ve been reading lately that have made an impression on you!

1. “Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far” by Paul A. Offit, MD. “People shouldn’t be expected to be their own doctors, but they should be informed about their health so tha at the very least, they can ask good questions.”

2. “Pandora’s Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong” by Paul A. Offit, M.D. “…beware of scientific biases that fit the culture of the time…”

3. “Resetting the Table: Straight Talk About the Food We Grow and Eat” by Robert Paarlberg. “Quests for purity in food and farming are not as dangerous as they have been in race or religion, but they are just as lacking in scientific justification, and the advocates can be just as exasperating.”

4. “Food Americana: The Remarkable People and the Incredible Stories behind America’s Favorite Dishes” by David Page. “There are nearly 78,000 pizza restaurants in the country…3 billion pizzas sold a year.”

5. “A History of the World in 6 Glasses” by Tom Standage. “The phrase “bread and beer” was also used as an everyday greeting, much like wishing someone good luck or good health.”

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6. “Food in History” by Reay Tannahill. “In the long run it was to be the canning of fruits and vegetables rather than of meat that did most for the diet of the world’s industrial workers…”

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian


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