The Pritikin diet was developed
as a treatment for heart disease,
with weight loss an additional benefit.
Processed foods such as pasta and
white bread, animal proteins, eggs
and most types of fats are eliminated
in favor of whole grains, fruits
and vegetables. The revised Pritikin
diet encourages the use of limited
amounts of "healthy" fats
high in omega-3 fatty acids.
No one will argue with the health
benefits of eating less fat and
more fruits, vegetables and whole
grains. There is no calorie counting
and portions are not controlled.
Diets very low in fat often are
unsatisfying and difficult to stick
with. It's hard for many people
to give up animal products and dairy,
and the diet can be low in essential
vitamins and minerals.
Restaurants: Only if they serve
Need to buy special foods: Yes,
especially low-fat and vegetarian
Family friendly: May need to supplement
OK for vegetarians: Definitely