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

Serves 1

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

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