Is Southern Food Unhealthy?

 Recently I've been researching Southern food in the 1800s for a dinner that I'm cooking for. Weirdly, this style of cooking is somewhat in revival in Chicago with restaurants like Big Jones and Carriage House serving fairly authentic period foods. I was at Big Jones recently and all their biscuits are made with pastured lard. That's pretty hard to find in the South these days.


Here is an interesting article about how religious people are out-reproducing the non-religious. In the modern world this effect is becoming particularly potent, as in secular society women wait longer to have children (if they have them) and have fewer of them on average.