Is nutritarianism the next dietary trend?

According to an article on, a news website associated with The Wall Street Journal, the term ‘nutritarian’ is catching on.

Originally coined by Dr. Fuhrman, a nutritarian is someone who bases their food choices on micronutrient content per calorie of foods, striving to consume a broad array of micronutrients in their diet.

The article reports that “nutritarian” is poised to become a ubiquitous dietary definition on par with vegetarian, vegan, raw foodist, flexitarian, locavore… There is one major difference, though: the exclusion of cooked foods, meat, foods grown far from home, or even all animal products does not define a health-promoting diet. Nutritarian diets, however, always include an abundance of fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables accompanied by additional whole plant foods.  A nutritarian diet is health-promoting by definition.

The article’s advice for going nutritarian? “Eat the rainbow.” Excellent advice, since phytochemicals, antioxidants in particular, are pigments that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors. 

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Gina - June 15, 2010 7:05 PM

Great article! Yay!

Jennifer McCann - June 15, 2010 7:26 PM

Good to hear!

I hope it becomes popular, not only for everyone's health, but because I am really looking forward to the creation of a nutritarian iphone app! Right now I am making do with a modifiable calorie counter on my iphone, replacing calories with nutrient scores. It would be wonderful to have an actual app made for us, with the goal being to get as high a daily score as possible, a searchable database filled with ANDI scores, a place to enter your own recipes and find the scores, and maybe the ability to take a picture of your daily salads, etc., to log with your day.

I would buy it!

Steve - June 15, 2010 7:56 PM

Cool. It's nice to be one of the early ones before the term was well known.

Hope it catches on because it should add that much more pressure to the food industry to produce healthy foods. Look at all the natural peanut butter brands on the shelves of the supermarkets now when not too many years ago you couldn't find such a thing. [Not that peanuit butter is healthy but you get my point...]

StephenMarkTurner - June 16, 2010 8:31 AM

Hi Deana

The article is a bit hard to find, best to locate their search window and search for 'nutritarian'.

The article itself is very reasonable for a biz-centric site. It says DrF is based in Florida (must be thinking of plastic surgeons or something ;-). But basically it is quite accurate.

Cheers, Steve

Deana Ferreri, Ph.D. - June 16, 2010 8:40 AM

If you click on the link in the word "article" above, it will take you there directly.

Alexa - June 16, 2010 11:17 AM

Great article! THANK YOU! Dr. Fuhrman :-) for the work that you're doing.

I truly hope this becomes main stream. I've been sharing the "Nutritarian" concept with my fellow veggie friends who weren't aware of Dr. Fuhrman's work. My family and I are definitely benefiting from this.

BTW: Great idea Jennifer! I too would purchase the iphone app. I know Whole Foods has an app and maybe they can add the ANDI score to their app.

themoo - June 16, 2010 2:14 PM

The article also appeared in the Denver Post.

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