Eat To Live By Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Eat To Live Book Review

Eat To Live Book Review

Fuhrman, M.D.

 

I just read yet another book about the amazing ability of whole, plant-based foods to dramatically improve health – and it seems there is a considerable audience for this information!

Weight-loss specialist Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live spent over 90 weeks on the New York Times’ bestseller list! In it, he details his experiences treating more than five thousand patients a year:

“I work with these patients, educating them and motivating them to do more than others have asked them to do. The results I see … are thrilling. Diseases that are considered irreversible, I see reversed on a daily basis.”

What’s his weight-reducing, health-restoring program’s secret?

Consider an ordinary tomato. Hidden in and under its gleaming red skin are “more than ten thousand different phytochemicals.” And so it is with all plant-based foods.

Plants contain these compounds to help them grow and to protect them from pests or disease. They have them in such abundance, Furhman writes, that most phytochemicals have yet to be identified. But that’s far from all they have to offer.

All plant foods, he explains, “are a mixture of protein, fat and carbohydrates,” aka the three macronutrients. Many popular weight loss diets require their followers to eat specific percentages of each.

Dr. Fuhrman, however, takes the view that a diet of healthful, plant-based food automatically meets all our macronutrient needs.

Fruit and starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, he notes, are mostly carbohydrate, with small amounts of protein and fat. But they’re also high enough in fiber, vitamins and minerals — and low enough in calories — to qualify as healthy foods!

“In fact,” he warns, it is impossible to glean all the nutrients needed for optimal health if your diet does not contain lots of carbohydrate-rich food.”

As for his answer to the claims that only animal-based foods can supply all the protein we need? Not so, he insists:

“You do not have to be a nutritional scientist or dietitian to figure out what to eat, and you don’t need to mix and match foods to achieve protein completeness. Any combination of natural foods will supply you with adequate protein.”

He also downplays the importance of soy products as the go-to source for vegan protein and isoflavones. His explanation?

“It’s merely that more studies have been done on soy than on other beans… A healthy diet includes a variety of beans and does not rely on any one food for a disproportionate share of calories.

But it’s the testimonials of Dr. Fuhrman’s patients, as much as his professional insights, which I found so powerful. One of my favorites came from a man who had lost 333 pounds:

I weighed 501 pounds. I was unable to walk more than a few feet. My knees, lower back and feet suffered greatly … I stepped outside my house at most four to six times a year … I felt worthless, unclean, stupid, unacceptable, and rejected. Eat to Live gave me a new life.”

A most compelling argument for the wisdom of eating to live!

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