March is National Nutrition Month.
For a fascinating deep dive into nutrition science history, check out the following resources:
A Short History of Nutritional Science by Kenneth J. Carpenter
And this fascinating piece by Dariush Mozaffarian and colleagues:
History of modern nutrition science—implications for current research, dietary guidelines, and food policy
In depth article in the BMJ includes this great graphic:
Early History and Evolution of Nutrition Science in the United States of America
Fascinating article by Deanna L. Pucciarelli, Ball State University
“Nutrition Science in the 21st century dates back to at least before the 5th century BCE. Whereas early theories on the relationship between food and health outcomes were founded on philosophical thought or divine intervention, today’s nutritionists source their advice from empirical evidence. This essay delineates and reconstructs nutrition science as the discipline evolves and progresses through scientiﬁc stages of change in early North America.