NEW YORK -- President Reagan's appetite for jellybeans has been greatly distorted, says his younger daughter, actress Patti Davis.
Her parents set a good example with a well-balanced diet, Miss Davis adds in an exclusive interview in the January issue of Vegetarian Times, on newsstands Dec. 12.
Her father, she says, used to keep bars of honey and bee pollen or bee pollen and wheat germ in the refrigerator.
'I think he still takes chewable tablets of bee pollen,' she told writer Dedee Benrey.
'My father was certainly a good example for healthy living.'
The actress, who is a vegetarian, said she thinks sugar, chemicals and additives are the biggest offenders in people's diets today.
Her own diet sounds spartan. Breakfast is '... fruit and maybe a little bit of yogurt. I might make a smoothie and take it with brewer's yeast and my vitamins.'
Lunch might be an apple '... I'm trying to be in touch with what I think my body needs -- I can feel if I need protein or whatever. For dinner I'll usually just chop up raw vegetables and add a salad dressing that doesn't have any chemicals in it, with some tofu.'
Miss Davis, who uses her mother's maiden name professionally, said she also eats oatmeal and eggs once in a while and steamed vegetables and sushi. Sushi is a typical Japanese lunch of cold, vinegared rice wrapped in such things as seaweed or raw fish or seafood and sometimes flavored with a fiery green horseradish-type paste called wasabi.
Like every child, Miss Davis loved homemade cookies but apparently didn't get many at home.
'When I used to come home from school, I always had fruit juice or a piece of fruit, and one homemade cookie!
'We never had any canned goods at home; I mean I didn't know that fruits and vegetables came in cans 'til I went to somebody else's house. My father said that, until then, I had thought the only things you could drink were milk, water or fruit juice. I didn't know that Coca-Cola or 7-Up existed.'
Miss Davis said she has taken an algae called chlorella for more than a year and credits it with with making 'a complete change in my whole system.'
She also said she has '... done Transcendental Meditation for a couple of years now,' exercises a lot, runs daily and gets acupuncture treatments regularly as 'a very good preventative' -- presumably of illness.
She criticized American medicine for failing to do enough work in disease prevention and for doctors' lack of education in nutrition.
Asked if she thought her father might take up where Democratic Sen. George McGovern left off in espousing a new American standard of nutrition, she said, 'I don't know. You'll have to ask him.'