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Dr. Fuhrman on Macronutrient Ratios

Following up on the last post, Joel Furhman, M.D., of Eat To Live fame, has responded to the study du jour via an email to his list. While in general, he wasn’t impressed by the weight loss of any group, he pointed out,

“…the women eating the Mediterranean diet lost an average of 14 pounds, almost three times the amount compared to this improved Atkins plan.”

For more impressive results he noted those of a recent study conducted at USC using his High Nutrient Density plan, what he’s dubbed a “nutritarian diet.” I like that. :)

He continues, stating

“the fat content of a diet is not the critical factor that determines its quality.”

According to Dr. Furhman, it’s the micronutrients, the phytochemicals (many still unknown or undiscovered) that are important, not the specific ratio of carbs to fats to protein.

This is, of course, also the guiding principle of Calorie Restriction with Optimum Nutrition (CRON) and Volumetrics.

His lecture at last year’s Healthy Lifestyle Expo expands upon the concept and declares ultra low-fat diets, like the 10% or less advocated by the doctors mentioned in my last post, to be unsafe.

OK, so we don’t agree on everything, but most—especially the indictment against “too much” and the emphasis on phytonutrient-rich whole foods. (I personally average 15% of calories from good fats.)

For more on the good doctor’s diet, his email reminded us of his new program, Eat For Health. And while we’re talking macronutrient ratios, be sure to check out The 80/10/10™ References, which I’ve reprinted as a clickable PDF with permission and endorsement from Dr. Douglas Graham.

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