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Winter Lentil and Pomegranate Salad from What the Health by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn with Eunice Wong is a perfect side dish or light meal for winter weather. It’s a terrific companion to Christmas dinner.
There’s a scene in the documentaryWhat the Health that has stuck with me in the year or so since I watched it. Filmmaker Kip Anderson is interviewing Dr. Robert Ratner, the chief scientific and medical office of American Dietetic Association about the rise in diabetes in the U.S. Dr. Ratner explains that diet and exercise are to blame. But when Kip asks which diet in particular causes it, Dr. Ratner doesn’t have an answer. When Kip asks about studies that show a plant-based diet can both prevent and reverse diet, Dr. Ratner gets defensive and—for lack of a better word—freaks out. He ends the interview on the spot.
The encounter with Dr. Ratner isn’t