Patrick J. Skerrett, MA, is Editor of the Harvard Heart Letter and is based in Boston, MA. He is a coauthor of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating and (with Jorge E. Chavarro, MD) The Fertility Diet.
Essentials of Healthy Eating: A Guide
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2011
2010 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 55, Issue 6, pages 492–501, November-December 2010
How to Cite
Skerrett, P. J. and Willett, W. C. (2010), Essentials of Healthy Eating: A Guide. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 55: 492–501. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2010.06.019
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2011
- cardiovascular disease;
Enough solid evidence now exists to offer women several fundamental strategies for healthy eating. They include emphasizing healthful unsaturated fats, whole grains, good protein “packages,” and fruits and vegetables; limiting consumption of trans and saturated fats, highly refined grains, and sugary beverages; and taking a multivitamin with folic acid and extra vitamin D as a nutritional safety net. A diet based on these principles is healthy through virtually all life stages, from young adulthood through planning for pregnancy, pregnancy, and on into old age.