Nutritarianism: a diet made for efficient eating
Dr. Fuhrman, physician, nutritional researcher and author of NY Times best seller “Eat To Live”, has developed a new diet and food pyramid based on efficient eating. That is, eating the least amounts of foods for the highest nutritional gain. His method for determining these foods is as simple as his explanation:
“Health = Nutrients / Calories (H = N / C). Low-calorie, nutrient dense foods are at the base of the pyramid, and high-calorie, nutrient poor foods are at the top. As nutrient density decreases, the quantity of room in the diet decreases.” (source)
Dr. Fuhrman is a researcher in preventative health, and believes that many diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes can be prevented by a high nutrient-rich diet. He has developed his own food pyramid (pictured above) and challenged the USDA’s food pyramid saying that it, “reflects the American diet as it is” not how it should be.
Many Americans are eating high quantities of low-nutrient and high calorie foods such as snack foods, dairy products, and red meat. He calls these types of foods “toxic foods” and he means this literally. These are the foods that lead to many fatal diseases. He explains that eating these foods “leads to increased cellular toxicity with undesirable levels of free radicals and advanced glycation end products (AGE’s), lipofuscin, lipid A2E and other toxins that contribute to the development of chronic disease.”(source) The after effects are another stage he calls “toxic hunger” that is the desire to eat more low nutrient foods, and lots of them. This is a huge factor in weight gain as well as the reason calorie counting diets are not sustainable.
Fuhrman is not the first person to suggest this type of diet, many whole foodists like Dr. Colin Campbell, Dr. Robert Lustig, and countless other preventative health researchers suggest that whole foods should replace the standard meat and potatoes for improved health and a longer lifespan.
To find out more about the Nutritarian Diet visit www.drfuhrman.com