The Best Diet in the World?
When it comes healthy eating, I don't know who to believe. One doctor says to cut out protein while another says to eat only protein. Where can I find reliable, up-to-date information on health and nutrition?
I'm asked questions like yours so frequently that I decided to write a book on the subject. It is called "Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Food, Diet, and Nutrition" (Alfred A. Knopf, 2000) and it hits bookstores this month. In the book, I review basic facts of human nutrition and include essential information to help you buy and cook food, to make sense of labels on food products, and manage and prevent illnesses through dietary changes. I also discuss the pros and cons of a number of popular diets and describe my own eating plan for optimum health. And most importantly, I try to help people learn (or relearn) how to enjoy eating.
In conjunction with the launch of my book tour, I'm introducing a new program on this Web site called "The Best Diet in the World." It focuses on the practicalities of finding, buying, and preparing healthy meals. For the next two weeks, I'll be answering your most pressing food and nutrition questions in the Q&A section of the site, as well as on the message Boards. In addition, I'm pleased to tell you about three new interactive additions to the site:
Food as Medicine: Inspired by the Hippocrates quote, "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food," we've put together eating plans to help you manage or lower your risk for 50 different ailments and conditions -- from asthma to osteoporosis to menopause to heart disease. The individually tailored eating plans include recipe ideas and links to more detailed information on the ailment.
New and Improved Recipe Database: I cook for myself, so I'm always looking for healthy, tasty meals that are quick, easy to prepare, and call for ingredients I have on hand. I personally tested each and every recipe in the database (and eliminated those that I didn't enjoy). And now, you'll be able to look up recipes by ingredient, course, or type of meal. All the recipes also include information on nutritional benefits and calorie content. I hope you'll try many of them. Feel free to experiment and alter them to your personal taste.
Farmers' Market Finder: As you know, I'm a big advocate of buying locally grown and organic fresh fruits and vegetables. Fortunately, with more and more farmers' markets opening in cities across the nation, delicious, seasonal produce is becoming accessible to almost everyone. While researching my new book, I compiled a national database of 3,000 farmers' markets. You can now check it out whenever you're looking for the best local sources of fresh produce at home or on the road.
I hope you find all the new information valuable -- it's a subject I'm passionate about. I'd like to also invite you to watch my food and nutrition special on PBS. And please come meet me in person -- you can get my book tour schedule here. Bon appetit!