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 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.