high nutrient eating
Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian food pyramid is based on the principles of  high nutrient eating as illustrated by his Health Equation: 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.


Nutritional science in the last twenty years has  demonstrated that colorful plant foods contain a huge assortment of protective   compounds, mostly of which still remain unnamed. Only by eating an  assortment  of nutrient-rich natural foods can we access these  protective compounds and prevent  the common diseases that afflict  Americans. Our modern, low-nutrient eating  style has led to an overweight population, the majority of whom develop  diseases of  nutritional ignorance, causing our medical costs to spiral out of   control.


kind of protein food

The base of the pyramid – the foundation of the diet, foods  consumed in the highest quantity – should be the foods with the highest  ratios of nutrients to calories – these are vegetables. Ninety percent  of the daily diet should be made up of nutrient rich plant foods, whose  calories are accompanied by health-promoting phytochemicals: green and  other non-starchy vegetables; fresh fruits; beans and legumes; raw nuts, seeds, and avocados; starchy vegetables; and whole grains.


If desired, the remaining 10% of the diet can contain small  amounts of foods with lower nutrient to calorie ratios, such as animal products, sweets, and processed foods, as shown toward the top of the  pyramid.  By keeping these low nutrient foods to a minimum and striving  to eat at least 90% of calories from the unrefined plant foods that  comprise the base of the pyramid each day, you construct a  health-promoting, disease-preventing diet.

This high nutrient eating  style is considered a Nutritarian™ diet.

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