One of my favorite doctors to follow is Joel Fuhrman, MD. He is a family physician and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. He has appeared on PBS several times. What he teaches his patients is:
This concept is called the nutrient density of your diet, i.e., how many nutrients are you consuming vs calories. Foods supply us with nutrients and calories. All calories come from either carbohydrates, fats or proteins. Nutrients come from "non-caloric" food factors: Vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals...these nutrients are vitally important for health.
PHYTOCHEMICALS: phyto means plant...plants have very powerful substances in them that give them their vibrant colors. These same substances protect the plants from the outside environment, wind, sun, rain, hot temperatures, cold temperatures, etc. These same protective substances protect our bodies from all the toxic substances that we breathe, eat and drink everyday. These phytochemicals are more powerful than any drug on the market! I cannot stress this enough.
- Eating large quantities of high nutrient foods is the secret to optimal health and permanent weight loss
- Eating this way requires no deprivation, no counting of calories, carbs, fats, etc.
- There is one group of foods that scientific research has shown a strong positive association with increased longevity in humans: RAW LEAFY GREENS such as romaine lettuce, kale, swiss chard, collards, and spinach
- In a review of 206 separate studies, raw vegetable consumption showed the STRONGEST PROTECTIVE EFFECT AGAINST CANCER