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Nutrition History (From Parts Unknown)

Jul 11, 2019

In episode 5 of Nutrition History from Parts Unknown, we are picking up where we left off in Episode 4, tracing the persistence of bread eating amidst a series of grain crises and famines which struck Europe in the heart of the premodern period which inevitably toppled bread’s status as the unanimous champion...


May 8, 2019

In episode 4 of Nutrition History from Parts Unknown, we are taking it back 500 years to the glory days of bread, a time when Europe’s medical community was unanimous in its praise of bread as a health food.

Bread became Renaissance Europe’s most widely celebrated dietary staple. It was thought to promote wellness...


Mar 24, 2019

For more than 300 years, scurvy was the greatest menace to maritime exploration and long-distance seafaring. The true cause of the disease-Vitamin C deficiency-eluded physicians and medical thinkers until the early 20th century. In episode 4 of Nutrition History From Parts Unknown, we're delving into history's many zany...


Jan 20, 2019

If you came across it in its natural environment, you might dismiss spirulina as pond scum, but this subtropical autotroph is gram for gram among the most nutritious foods on Earth. Hot take alert? Not so much. Spirulina is an evidence-based stud, a food supplement packing an incredibly rich nutritional resume and...


Nov 14, 2018

Every society gets the remedy it deserves.

This is the story of how Soviet Russia birthed the modern adaptogen, a class of herbal tonics unrivalled in their ability to confer protection against all manners of stress. Discover the beginnings of eleuthero, rhodiola and schisandra, and other herbal adaptogens, and how they...