The website FatFreeVegan.com was created by a group of people who are inspired by Dr. Fuhrman's book Eat to Live, and involves a collection of hundreds of healthy recipes.

But there is an important point to make about the name of the website: the diet Dr. Fuhrman recommends for his patients is not fat free, and is not necessarily vegetarian.

"One thing that makes my diet different from other diets is that I encourage the intake of nuts, seeds, or avocados, except for people who are overweight," explains Dr. Fuhrman. "People who eat nuts and seeds have better blood profiles, better cholesterol, more antioxidants, and other health benefits—even though they are getting more 15% or more of their calories from fat. In fact, for some athletes I recommend a diet that has 40-50% of calories from fat. Also, I don't think children should be on very low-fat diets, and I'm not a fan of different diets for children and adults because they should be encouraged to eat together. If the children need adequate fat for proper development, parents should have some too and the scientific literature supports that it is the quality and nutrient density of the fat source, not the amount of fat that is critical here."

In his various books, Dr. Fuhrman also expresses that a healthy diet can have room for occasional servings of animal products.

(Also worth examining: FatFreeVegan.com has a cursory summary of the six-week plan Dr. Fuhrman advocates in Eat To Live. It makes a lot more sense after you read the book.)

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Susan - November 3, 2005 6:16 PM

Thank you for mentioning FatFree Vegan Recipes. I just had a couple of comments to make.

If you look at the recipes at fatfreevegan.com, they are not completely fatfree, just oil-free. As the FAQ explains, "All foods contain some fats, so there is no such thing as a completely fat-free diet, nor is one desirable. The body needs fat, but it's best to get it from healthy sources such as nuts, seeds, avocados, beans, and the trace amounts that are in all fruits and vegetables." I believe that is completely in line with Dr. Fuhrman's thinking.

The name FatFree Vegan is a nod to a very well-respected website and email list, Fatfree.com, which was providing healthier recipes on the internet for years before it faded away. FatFree Vegan Recipes was set up to continue that tradition but using only vegan recipes. (While a vegan diet may not necessarily be healther in and of itself, a lot of us are vegan for more reasons than health.) In the years since the Fatfree email list was started, research has shown the importance of getting Omega 3 fatty acids and other nutrients from nuts and seeds, so those foods are included in the recipes at fatfreevegan.com (while they were excluded at fatfree.com).

Dr. Fuhrman and Eat to Live were big inspiration to me when I created FatFree Vegan Recipes, but I was also inspired by the work of Dr. John McDougall and Dr. Neal Barnard. In fact, when the email group FatFree Vegan was created, I hadn't even read Eat to Live. But once I did, I changed the rules so that recipes with nuts, seeds, and avocado were allowed. So, Dr. Fuhrman has been a very big influence.

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