Pritikin Diet

The Pritikin diet is a low-fat, high-fibre diet which forms part of the “Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise”, a lifestyle regimen originally created by Nathan Pritikin. The 1979 book describing the diet became a best-seller.[1][2]

The diet is based around low-fat, high-fibre food and limiting red meat, alcohol and processed food.[3] When it was launched the diet was considered radical, but its precepts are now considered largely in alignment with mainstream nutritional advice.[3] The Pritikin Diet has been categorized as a fad diet with possible disadvantages including a boring food choice, flatulence, and the risk of feeling too hungry.[4]

Gastroenterologist David Hershel Alpers and colleagues described the Pritikin diet as “nutritionally adequate, but the low fat content makes it unpalatable, and the likelihood of compliance is low.”[5]

A 2006 study found that short-term Pritikin diet and exercise improved multiple coronary heart disease risk factors in patients with metabolic syndrome.[6]

  1. ^ McFadden, Robert D. (23 February 1985). “Nathan Pritikin, whose diet many used against heart ills”. The New York Times.
  2. ^ “The Pritikin program: Claims vs. facts”. Consumer Reports. 47 (10): 513–518. 1982.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b Camille Noe Pagan (22 January 2017). “Pritikin Diet”. WebMD.
  4. ^ Alters S, Schiff W (22 February 2012). Chapter 10: Body Weight and Its Management. Essential Concepts for Healthy Living (Sixth ed.). Jones & Bartlett Publishers. p. 327. ISBN 978-1-4496-3062-1.
  5. ^ Alpers, David H; Stenson, William F. Bier, Dennis M. (1995). Manual of Nutritional Therapeutics. Third Edition. Little, Brown and Company. p. 495
  6. ^ Sullivan, S; Samuel, S. (2006). Effect of short-term Pritikin diet therapy on the metabolic syndrome. Journal of the CardioMetabolic Syndrome 1 (5): 308-312.


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