Over fifteen years ago, Dr. Walter Willett first released his guide to good health and how to eat to achieve and sustain in. Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating took its place among a score of other tomes eager to offer self-help or nutrition advice. Dr. Willett’s took a no-nonsense approach, boiling down dense medical advice drawn directly from the latest research into the science of how health and food intake are linked, and put it into easy to understand terms.

The latest update to the now venerable screed folds in what’s been discovered, understood, and tested out in the intervening time since the first appearance of Eat, Drink and Be Healthy. But despite the updates, the core of the book is still the same as it ever was. The basic focus remains on eating healthy, and how different foods can or can’t play a role in that well rounded diet. There are explanations as to why certain things work and other things don’t, and steers clear of overtly demonizing the usual suspects. Sure it continues to suggest sugars and carbohydrates should be minimized, but Dr. Willett doesn’t induce a guilt trip in you over the occasional extra muffin. He does, however, preach the virtues of more vegetables.

Key Points:

  • 1Eat, Drink and Be Healthy boils medical knowledge about nutrition and diet down to easily digested material.
  • 2While Dr. Willett’s book doesn’t demonize sugars, it does offer solid advice about what to or not to eat; and why.
  • 3The book was first released over fifteen years ago, and has been recently updated with new chapters and details.


The emphasis remains on a healthy diet as a whole, with each food component contributing its role, rather than focusing on any magic-bullet “superfoods.”

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