Adelle Davis

Food-science expert and nutritionist, “First lady of nutrition” (1904-1974)

Daisie Adelle Davis, American health and nutrition expert, dietician, progenitor of the health conscious (“health food nut”) movement, advocate of unprocessed additive-free foods and high-protein breakfasts [wiki]

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.

AD Today: the Adelle Davis Foundation, active online discussion group

B-vitamin shopping list


Invented the pepup cocktail for vigor and energy: whipped milk and egg yolks

Original recipe

Corbis photo of Adelle Davis drinking milk, circa 1970

The pepup is discussed, along with new modern variations & improvements on it, in English writer Michael Allen’s book, The Truth About Writing: An Essential Handbook for Novelists, Playwrights and Screenwriters (Kingsfield 2003). Allen recommends the pepup as a daytime energy drink for writers. [PDF]

Mentioned briefly in short online essay “to_do.html">What's a Mother to Do?” by Ardith W. Walker


Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit

Let’s Get Well

You Can Get Well

Let’s Have Healthy Children (“America’s most famous food expert gives the vital nutritional do’s and don’ts for expectant mothers, babies, and growing children.”)

Let’s Cook It Right

Exploring Inner Space: Personal Experiences Under LSD-25 (as Jane Dunlap) (Mystical experiences mentioned in The Secret Chief Revealed by Myron J. Stolaroff.)


As I see it, every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself.”

Thousands upon thousands of persons have studied disease. Almost no one has studied health.”

Articles and info

Adelle Davis Revisited” is a site containing information on modern supplements, vitamins and routines related to Adelle Davis’ ideas.

The Legacy of Adelle Davis,” a critical look by Stephen Barrett

Adelle’s Granola

  • 5c old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1c cut almonds
  • 1c unrefined sesame seeds
  • 1c sunflower seeds
  • 1c shredded coconut
  • 1c soy flour
  • 1c powdered milk
  • 1c wheat germ
  • 1c honey
  • 1c vegetable oil
      1. combine all dry ingredients

      2. combine honey and vegetable oil in separate dish

      3. combine all ingredients, spread on two cookie sheets

      4. bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour or until slightly brown

      (From Life magazine, Oct 1971)

      For further reading

First published on July 31st, 2009 at 11:38 am (EST) and last modified on July 31st, 2009 at 11:58 am (EST).