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Pritikin diet revisited

At a health farm in the 1980s, I counted, with horrified fascination, the number of ways the chef served raw carrot. Grated, sliced, shredded, diced, whole, juiced, julienned ...Compiling this catalogue helped keep my mind off the more onerous aspects of the menu, such as no salt, sugar, alcohol or caffeine and, according to the notes a friend scrawled for me during a workshop I missed (I was nursing detox nausea), "definitely no nuts: too oily".

It was my first encounter with the Pritikin Program, founded by Nathan Pritikin, an engineer who, after suffering a heart attack in his 40s, refused to accept the prevailing view that heart disease could not be prevented. He studied cultures…

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 Pritikin diet revisited

It reduces a range of health risks and makes you look super sleek, so why has the Pritikin diet fallen off the radar?


The world's most effective, most scientifically documented health & wellness program for over 30 years.


The Pritikin Diet is a high carb, low fat, and low sodium diet. It was developed in the 1950’s, but it hasn’t been on the forefront of diets for quite some time now. Pritikin has revamped their plan and appears to be more up to date and in line with today’s more popular method of eating. Gone are the menus of cauliflower medlies and canned fruit cocktail. Yes, this used to be an old school diet with typical diet food of the 20th century. The current plan leans towards calorie density formulas and Mediterranean menus, minus the liberal amounts of olive oil and nuts that the Mediterranean Diet – and many medical studies, approves of. The basis of the meal plan is whole grains, fresh vegetables, fruits, and fish – and very light on added oils, dairy fat, poultry and beef.

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