80 YEARS YOUNG
2018 marks Better Nutrition’s 80th year in print. For the last column in our series on food and diet trends over the past eight decades, we’re looking back at The South Beach Diet.
Better Nutrition in the 2000s A look back at the South Beach Diet, one of the biggest health trends of the early 2000s.
The South Beach Diet, written by prominent Miami cardiologist Arthur Agatston, MD, is the defi nition of an overnight success story. The minute this low- carb, three- phase plan hit the store shelves in 2003, it became a household name— suddenly, anyone and everyone was following it to lose weight. Originally developed for patients with cardiovascular disease, The South Beach Diet emphasized healthy fats, such as those found in salmon, and good carbs, such as brown rice. Agatston describes his plan as a lowsaturated- fat diet. “The South Beach Diet is not low- carb. Nor is it low- fat,” says Agatston. “The South Beach Diet teaches you to rely on the right carbs and the right fats— the good ones— and enables you to live quite happily without the bad carbs and the bad fats.”
If you’re interested in losing some weight, this balanced program deserves a second look. Oatmeal Pancake
This pancake takes only minutes to make, and it couldn’t be any healthier. Top it with a low- sugar syrup of your choice. Recipe excerpted from The South Beach Diet. ½ cup old fashioned oatmeal ¼ low- fat cottage cheese ( or tofu) 4 egg whites 1 tsp. vanilla extract ¼ tsp. cinnamon ¼ tsp. nutmeg 1. Process oatmeal, cottage cheese; egg whites, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg in blender until smooth. Spray nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add batter, and cook over medium heat until
both sides are lightly browned. Per Serving: 310 cal; 28g prot; 4g total fat ( 1g sat fat); 37g carb; 5mg chol; 370mg sod; 5g fiber; 4g sugar