80 YEARS YOUNG

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: Low- fat di­ets.

Better Nutrition - - CONTENTS - /// BY THE ED­I­TORS OF BET­TER NU­TRI­TION

Bet­ter Nu­tri­tion in the 1990s, Part 1 Com­mem­o­rate the low- fat craze with a bowl of de­li­cious tofu chili.

The 1990s were book­ended by com­pet­ing nu­tri­tional philoso­phies: First, ev­ery­one was on the low- fat band­wagon, but by the end of the decade, low- carb di­ets like the Atkins Diet were all the rage.

For low- fat pro­po­nents, it was fat that made you fat and caused dis­ease. And doc­tors at the time agreed. Peo­ple started to shun fat as though it were a poi­son— no fat was bet­ter than low- fat. Fat- free cheese, sour cream, cook­ies, milk, salad dress­ings, and sim­i­lar foods crowded store shelves. Pop­corn and bagels pre­vailed, and books on the low­fat life­style made it onto the best­seller list, in­clud­ing But­ter Busters by Pam My­coskie and Stop the In­san­ity! by Su­san Powter, a pop­u­lar TV per­son­al­ity who slimmed down on a low- fat diet.

Fat can still be hot but­ton is­sue, but most ex­perts now agree that clean, healthy fats are nec­es­sary for good health— and not some­thing to fear.

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