Tanner Humanities Center fellow Kate Holbrook will spend the next year looking into what Latter-day Saints eat, and what they avoid.
Holbrook says the dishes Church members like say a lot about who they are. Her data goes back to before the turn of the 20th century.
"They were more likely to have whole wheat recipes, for example, in 20th-century Mormon cooking than they are in the rest of the country," Holbrook says.
She says Latter-day Saints were aware of the health benefits, but that is not the only reason why they ate so much whole wheat.