Eat to Live, here’s his rule of thumb:If food is medicine then I’m a first class junky. I love to eat—especially healthy, hearty, wholesome natural food—and that’s a good thing! Because according to Dr. Fuhrman eating lots of unfooled-around-with natural food is absolutely vital. From
The closer we eat foods to their natural state, the healthier the food.Now, in Eat to Live Dr. Fuhrman makes it pretty clear that the key to health is not relying on heavy regiments of pills and drugs, but rather a nutrient-rich vegetable-based health-promoting diet. More from the book:
When you eat mostly natural plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and beans, you get large amounts of various types of fiber. These foods are rich in complex carbohydrates and both insoluble and water-soluble fibers. The fibers slow down glucose absorption and control the rate of digestion. Plant fibers have complex physiological effects in the digestive tract that offer a variety of benefits, such as lowering cholesterol.1So, in the spirit of all this, check out Diet-Blog’s 10 Reasons to Choose Food as Medicine. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Mother knows best1. Favier, M. L., C. Moundras, C. Demigne, and C. Remesy. 1995. Fermentable carbohydrates exert a more potent cholesterol-lowering effect than cholestyramine. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1258 (2); 115-21.
Natural wild foods are generally far more nutritious than many modern foods. These low nutrient density, high glycemic modern foods are leaving us nutritionally bankrupt and so more susceptible to disease as a result. Of course, natural doesn't necessarily mean edible or healthy. But just like any animal, humans have a natural diet and our bodies work best with the best quality human food--fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and animal foods in the right proportions.
The scientific journals are literally heaving with evidence of the benefits of nutrition and lifestyle measures and there are countless case studies of folks regaining their health through nutrition. Clinical trials of nutritional regimes for specific diseases though, are few and far between. Trials are incredibly expensive, who would fund them? Where is the money to be made?
Unsurprisingly, most of the cutting edge ideas are coming from independent organizations outside the medical profession where necks don't have to be stuck out quite so far, livelihoods are not on the line and free-thinking is much more acceptable. If governments and science were to really get behind this idea of optimum nutrition as medicine, amazing things could be achieved.