Soul Food Soul food is a cuisine originating in the southern United States, where, in the antebellum era, slaves developed eating practices from their West African roots. Soul food has been modified by later generations, but typically includes collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, fried chicken, sweet potato pie, and corn bread. Traditionally, these high- salt, high-fat foods pose a potential health problem, especially among blacks who are experiencing an epidemic of high blood pressure in the United States. As with other ethnic dishes, the use of spices and herbs for seasoning is recommended to cut down on salt. Recipes can be adapted to use less fat in cooking, such as the substitution of vegetable oil for lard to reduce consumption of saturated fat. Modifications can help make soul food dishes nutritious and heart healthy, while still tasty and appetizing.