Best Foods to Eat – interview with “guyatitian” Dave Grotto

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“The Best Things You Can Eat” interview with Dave Grotto – part 1

I’m a longtime fan of David Grotto, RD, LDN, author of several books. His new one about the best foods to eat just came out this month.

We had the chance to catch up in Philadelphia at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual conference in October, 2012. Here was part one of our conversation. (scroll to bottom to see the fun interview with Dave on YouTube or click here.)

Neily:               I’m here with Dave Grotto, aka the “Guyatitian”. One of my favorite

dietitians! He is a registered dietitian in Chicago—my hometown!

Dave:I knew there was something I liked about you 🙂
Neily:(laugh) Dave’s got a number of books, 101 Foods That Could Save Your LifeBest Foods to Eat - interview with "guyatitian" Dave Grotto, and 101 Optimal Life FoodsBest Foods to Eat - interview with "guyatitian" Dave Grotto. This one is…
Dave:The Best Things You Can Eat: For Everything from Aches to Zzzz, the Definitive Guide to the Nutrition-Packed Foods that Energize, Heal, and Help You Look GreatBest Foods to Eat - interview with "guyatitian" Dave Grotto.  I am really excited about it because I wrote this with registered dietitians in mind.
Neily:So what are the best foods that we can eat?
Dave:Well, there are about a 150 of them. I know we don’t have the time to go through all of them.But the way I discovered this is that I had this patient of mine who was on a potassium wasting diuretic. Dietitians always turn to the USDA reference 24 for the best foods. I knew there was something goofy because the very first food I came across highest in potassium was one cup of tomato paste!
Dave:When was the last time you sucked up a cup of tomato paste?
Neily:Oh gosh, it’s been a while!
Dave:It’s been a while… right. Second food highest in potassium—three cups of frozen orange juice concentrate. So, I thought—not an even playing field. Totally useless for the RD and the consumers.
Neily:I think it (the USDA database) is based upon a 100 gram (3.5oz) portion..
Dave:That’s right. Exactly. I thought what will be more useful is if we did most   consumed versions of food… real food, no fortification and in the ‘My plate’ serving size guidelines. So I did it for 33 nutrients. The top 7 foods that you can eat that are best for those nutrients.
Dave:And… and 27 lists for what are the best foods for pre and post work outs, controlling diabetes, lowering cholesterol, fighting heart disease—7 best foods for fighting cancer. It’s a great book. I am really excited about it. And my buddy, Lisa Lillian aka ‘Hungry Girl’ wrote the foreword to it.
Neily:Wonderful! And we will talk about the foods in just a moment (read part two of our interview)
Dave:That sounds great!


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