Bet­ter Nu­tri­tion in the 1970s

2018 marks Bet­ter Nu­tri­tion’s 80th year in print. Travel through time with us as we high­light pop­u­lar diet and food trends by decade. In the spot­light this month: Adelle Davis


Known as “the first lady of nu­tri­tion,” Adelle Davis changed the way we think about food.

Known as“the first lady of nu­tri­tion,” pi­o­neer­ing nu­tri­tion­ist Adelle Davis shaped the way Amer­i­cans viewed food and nat­u­ral health. Davis, who reached her height of pop­u­lar­ity in the 1970s, wrote sev­eral books on health, cook­ing, and ex­er­cise. But it was her ground­break­ing book Let’s Get Well that put Davis on the map. The en­cy­clo­pe­dic tome con­tains de­tailed diet ad­vice for a range of con­di­tions, in­clud­ing stress, di­ges­tive prob­lems, di­a­betes, and in­fec­tions. She was way ahead of her time, ad­vo­cat­ing un­pro­cessed foods and vi­ta­min sup­ple­ments, and es­chew­ing trans fats and sugar. “Your health is in your hands,” says Davis in Let’s Get Well. “Few dis­eases be­come a prob­lem when the nu­tri­tion is im­proved the minute the first symp­tom is no­ticed; and an amaz­ing de­gree of vi­tal­ity, stamina, and youth­ful­ness can be main­tained if an ad­e­quate diet is ad­hered to there­after.”

Adelle Davis be­lieved whole milk was su­pe­rior to skim milk.

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