Duke Medicine HealthLine
Published: Aug. 16, 2007
Updated: Apr. 9, 2010
Unlocking the Secrets of Beta Carotene
Duke dietitian Elisabetta Politi, RD, is fond of an article by Michael Pollan that appeared in the January 28 issue of New York Times Magazine. Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, summed up what he’d gleaned about how to eat most healthfully in one very brief paragraph: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
By “eat food,” he meant to base your daily diet on food -- items that anyone’s great-great-grandmother would have called food -- as opposed to food products. In other words, put down the energy bars and Twinkies, and pick up the carrots instead.
The eat-food idea is the main thrust of the Diet and Fitness Center’s approach to nutrition. Though the advice sounds like old news, there’s more to these healthful foods than you might think. For example, there’s more to carrots nowadays than there was when your great-great-grandmother grated them into her cole slaw. Chew on this trivia: