Low-Fat Vegan vs. Eat to Live
After a recent post, Stan asked how Dr. Fuhrman's diet is different from Dean Ornish's.
The difference is that Dr. Fuhrman's program is based on a mathematical formula that takes into account the nutrient density of food.
It uses foods in proportion to their phytochemical and micronutrient density, meaning vegetables replace grains at the base of the pyramid.
This diet-style enables people to eat more food, obtain a lower glycemic index and more natural anti-oxidant and disease reversal benefits. Dr. Fuhrman also does not restrict fat from avocado, nuts, and seeds as much as Ornish. Dr. Fuhrman says he sees that arbitrary reduction of fat intake to below 10 percent to be less than ideal. Here's a little chart showing some differences.
|Low-Fat Vegan Diet||Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live|
|grain or starchy vegetable-based||low carb vegetable-based|
|rice, potatoes, bread, pasta||colorful veggies, greens, beans, mushrooms, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, squash|
|less fruit, less nuts, no animal products, some processed foods||more fruit, more nuts, no or very little animal products, no processed foods|
|less fiber, less nutrients, more sodium, less omega-3 fats||high fiber, nutrients levels, less sodium, more omega-3 fats|
Dr. Fuhrman's Food Pyramid
Want to print out Dr. Fuhrman's food pyramid to stick on your fridge? Click here to download a PDF.