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Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a physician who practices in New Jersey, USA. He specialises in treating some major illnesses through nutrition.

He has written a book called Eat to Live. He states that he wants people to have the opportunity to benefit by developing life long health-giving eating habits.

The key to his thinking is the idea of nutrient density[?], as expressed by the formula Health=Nutrients/Calories. He believes (and quotes research projects and statistical information to support his claim) that high consumption of calorie rich food, and minimising nutritional foods in our diet, has resulted in a paradoxically overfed but undernourished and therfore diseased population in the developed world.

He advises that we should base our eating on mainly fresh vegetables, fruit and legumes, while minimising animal products, processed grains and high carbohydrate foods. If we do this we can eat as much as we wish, while progressively shedding weight until we reach and maintain our individual ideal weight. This is because our appetite and hunger (and our calorie intake) will be naturally limited through the high nutrient content of our diet: vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytochemicals[?].

There are low levels of these nutrients (in ratio to calories) in officially recommended eating programmes, such as the "Good food pyramid". This has resulted in a high incidence of ill health, including diabetes, heart illnesses, autoimmune diseases (e.g. arthritis), cancers, high blood pressure etc. These and other conditions can be minimised, he claims, through a simple and easy change to our eating habits.

Further reading

  • Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Joel Fuhrman, with a foreword by Mehmet C. Oz (Little Brown & Company; 1st edition January 2003)

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