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.