from the bad, Rodale Press, publisher
diet, he says, is that farm-fed animals,
of The South Beach Diet ($24.95),
including fish, do not have as much
recently published a companiOn refer-
Omega-3s as the free-range variety.
ence book, Good Fats, Good Carbs
"Omega-3 oils, which we empha-
Guide ($7.99). And as a complement
size, have been shown to be helpful
to his No. 1 New
York Times best-
arthritis and coli-
seller, Dr. Agatston
tis. I think Omega-
offers more than
35 are helpful for a
200 recipes in The
lot of conditions,"
South Beach Diet
addina0 , "When I
Press; $25.95), due
talk about Omega-
in stores on April
3s, I feel like a fish
The South Beach
Another tenet of
Diet also offers an
the South Beach
Diet: It's not just
what you eat; it's
how you eat it.
for a small
"The faster the
sugars and starches
dieters can find
you eat are
recipes, ask ques-
tions of Dr.
absorbed into your
fatter you get," Dr.
Dr. Arthur Agatston: "The processing on message boards
of food in America has caused the epi- with other dieters
and receive a daily
thing that speeds
demic of obesity and diabetes. And
meal plan and
the process by
unfortunately, Jewish Ashkenazic
which your .body
genes are very well represented in that helpful Laps.
with the success of
drates is bad for
his books, they are not Dr. Agatston's
your diet, and anything that slows it
down is good." In short, the more
"Mk most rewarding experience was
quickly food is processed, the more
watching the expansion of the heart
fattening it will be.
scan that I believed in and developed
According to the doctor, a baked
in 1988," he says. Several years later,
white potato will be less fattening
at an international meeting of physi-
topped with a dollop of low-fat cheese
cians, everyone started referring to it
or sour cream than it would be eaten
as "the Agatston Score."
plain. The calorie count will be slight-
Embarrassed at the time, today the
ly higher, but.the fat contained in the
cardiologist is proud of the acceptance
cheese or sour cream will slow down -
of his methodology and its ability to
the digestive process, thereby lessening
detect early heart disease before the
the amount of insulin that potato
first heart attack.
prompts your body to make.
When not practicing medicine,
Surprisingly, he points out that even
counseling on nutritional matters or
French fries are better than baked pota-
writing books, Dr. Agatston enjoys
toes, because the fat in which they are
cooked slows down the digestive process. playing sports with his wife, Sari, and
their two teenage sons.
Don't be misled: None of these are
The Agatston family supports an
good choices for someone on the South
array of Jewish causes, and the doctor
Beach Diet. Dr. Agatston is simply
speaks at a variety of Jewish fedei-ation
explaining how blood chemistry and
events. And in Miami, the busy physi-
insulin production (and overproduc-
cian continues caring for his cardiac
tion) affect weight gain or loss.
Will the American Heart
"I am very much keeping my day
Association change its dietary guide-
job," says Dr. Agatston with a warm
lines, best known for the high carbo-
hydrate content on the bottom of its
food pyramid? Dr. Agatston thinks so, •
but says change will be slow to come.
For more information on the
To help dieters learn the tricks of
South Beach Diet, go to
the trade, namely glycemic indexes
and discerning the good carbs and fats
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