Adelle Davis on Nutrition and Health


1. “Since we spend approximately a thousand hours a year eating our meals, they should be pleasant hours” Adelle Davis

2. “Dedicated to a person whose name I do not know, who lived I know not when, but who first said, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’” Adelle Davis

3. “I see little hope for a nation that values the health of its livestock more than that of its people….Farmers are not criticized for routinely giving their (live)stock nutritional supplements….superior to any sold for humans…Millions of families could plant home gardens if they truly wanted health. Refined food are practically unknown in Russia. The life expectancy of the 40-year-old American is near the lowest in the world.” Adelle Davis

4. “Be particularly careful to see that your diet is continuously adequate in the entire vitamin-B complex; choose 100% whole grain breads and cereals; eat rice germ and wheat germ; liver one or more times each week.” Adelle Davis, You Can Stay Well (1942)

5. “Many people who have a smattering of knowledge of nutrition take the so-called vitamin-B-complex capsules, thinking they supply all the B vitamins needed. At the present writing (1948) such capsules usually supply the minimum daily requirements of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid, and an extremely small amount of pyridoxin. The equally important B vitamins, biotin, folic acid, para amino benzoic acid, cholin, and inositol, are not supplied. Research indicates that there are still more B vitamins not yet isolated. The only way to obtain all of the vitamins of the B group is from natural foods.” Adelle Davis, Vitality Through Planned Nutrition

6. “Natural sources of the vitamin-B complex, such as liver and yeast, appear to contain all the vitamins of the group both known and unknown. Not all of these have been made chemically. There is much evidence that several others exist. These vitamins which have not been made chemically can come only from natural foods.” Adelle Davis, Vitality Through Planned Nutrition

7. “If this country [America] is to survive, the best-fed-nation myth had better be recognized for what it is: propaganda designed to produce wealth not health.” Adelle Davis

8. “The B vitamins appear to be needed equally by every cell in the body. For example, if a well-fed animal is killed and its tissues are analyzed separately, these vitamins are found to be evenly distributed throughout the tissues. Conversely, when animals are kept on a deficient diet, then killed, and separate tissues are analyzed, each tissue is uniformly deficient.” Adelle Davis

9. “There are three nutrients, potassium, sodium, and choline, which we need daily in quite large amounts…It is not enough, however, for sodium, choline and potassium to be adequate at all times; sodium and potassium must be in balance, each with the other. An excess of sodium, for example, causes much-needed potassium to be lost in the urine. The reverse is equally true…” Adelle Davis

10. “Trace minerals: cobalt, copper, zinc, manganese, chromium, arsenic, aluminum, bromine, tin, silver, nickel and mercury…some have known beneficial functions, others do not; all are poisonous in the wrong amounts, but may be essential in very tiny amounts. If these minerals are not in the soil, they won’t be in the plants grown on that soil.” Adelle Davis

11. “Most of the other vitamins are needed more by certain tissues than by others. Dr. Roger J. Williams has pointed out that because these vitamins are needed equally by all cells, a deficiency can produce severe damage before the condition can be noticed. The damage is nevertheless real. Instead of one organ showing abnormalities, as do the eyes during a vitamin-A deficiency, the entire body degenerates into a one-hoss-shay collapse. This overall abnormality is difficult to recognize in an adult, but severely stunted growth makes it markedly noticeable in the young.” Adelle Davis, Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit (1970)

12. “Vitamin A is a colorless substance found only in animal foods. It is formed in the animal or human body from a yellow pigment, carotene, found in carrots, apricots, yams, all green vegetables, green pasture crops, and seaweeds, the quantity roughly paralleling the intensity of the color.” Adelle Davis, Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit (1970)

13. “As I see it every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself.” Adelle Davis, Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit (1970)

14. “The longer I work in nutrition, the more convinced I become that for the healthy person all foods should be delicious.” Adelle Davis, Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit (1970)

15. “Nutrition . . . has been kicked around like a puppy that cannot take care of itself. Food faddists and crackpots have kicked it pretty cruelly…” Adelle Davis, Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit (1970)

16. “Thousands upon thousands of persons have studied disease. Almost no one has studied health.” Adelle Davis

17. “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” Adelle Davis

18. “We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.” Adelle Davis

20. “To say that obesity is caused by merely consuming too many calories is like saying that the only cause of the American Revolution was the Boston Tea Party.” Adelle Davis

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