Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health

About Me

Foodworks (Food Facts, and Fads) is an eclectic collection of topics about how our health, environment and culture are affected by the foods we choose. Some topics may be controversial but the key is to look at the available evidence from both sides.  I am a semi- retired college professor who taught graduate and undergraduate nutrition classes as well as courses in biology, infectious disease, and microbiology.  I graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a BS degree in nutrition science, obtained a Master’s degree in biology from Rivier University  and  a PhD degree in nutrition science with a minor in biology  from Texas Womans’ University.   I am also a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

My goal is not to tell you what to eat but instead, present thought-provoking information on the foods choices we have so that you can make your own informed diet decisions.

We are constantly bombarded with advice and recommendations about nutrition, and hopefully you find my articles helpful in clarifying all the information out there.

I live in Western North Carolina in a small town just east of Asheville  called Black Mountain and love the area for its diversity and wonderful mountains.  I have worked as a clinical dietitian in Washington, DC, and Hartford, CT.  Later I was a teaching assistant at Marquette University Dental School in the department of Immunology and Microbiology.  I taught undergraduate and graduate courses in both nutrition, anatomy and physiology and infectious disease  at Western Carolina University for 15 years.

My particular interests (at the present time) include:

  • Safety of the American food supply
  • The history of food and how it affects us today
  • Why we have an obesity and diabetic epidemic.
  • How food production affects our health and environment
  • What is wrong with the American diet?
  • Animal welfare and food production
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Genetics and Epigenetics
  • Food and Culture
  • I hope to  share some contemporary issues with you concerning how the world eats. I welcome your Comments and Opinions.


Sally J. Feltner, PhD, MS, RDN

“To eat is a necessity but to eat intelligently is an art.”  La Rochefoucauld

” We never repent of having eaten too little.”  Thomas Jefferson