What is a Nutritarian?


A NUTRITARIAN is a person who has a preference for foods that are high in micronutrients.

The term “Nutritarian” was coined by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. In his book, Eat to Live, he offers a health equation, which also serves as a succinct summary of the nutrutarian approach to health:

Health = Nutrients/Calories (or H= N/C for short).

Remember the more nutrients you consume per calorie, the healthier you will be.

It is important to understand that food has a powerful disease-protecting and therapeutic effects and Nutritarians seeks to consume a broad array of micronutrients via their food choices. It is not sufficient to merely avoid fats, consume food with a low glycemic index, lower the intake of animal products, or eat a diet of mostly raw foods. A truly healthy diet must be micronutrient rich and the micronutrient richness must be adjusted to meet individual needs.

Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, onions, mushrooms, beans, and berries, and especially leafy greens, are the most nutrien-dense foods. A nutritarian strives to consume at least 90% of their diet from these foods.

This diet will lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and even such conditions as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It also reduces migraines, fatigue, digestive problems, allergies, hair loss, anxiety, and other problems that affect our body.

Dr. Fuhrman’s prescription for improving and maintaining great health:

“The quality of a diet can be based on three simple criteria:

  1. Levels of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals) per calorie.
  2. Amounts of macronutrients (fat, carbohydrate, proteins) to meet individual needs, without excessive calories that may lead to weight gain or health compromise.
  3. Avoidance of potentially toxic substances (such as trans fats) and limited amounts of other potentially harmful substances (such as sodium).”

While nutritarians do not necessarily exclude animal products some of them do choose to be full vegan. Many vegetarians, however, are not nutritarian, if they frequently consume products containing processed grains, oils, sugars, or salt.

It takes time to be a nutritarian and I’m still learning but I love it. My life has changed in so many ways as have the lives of the people around me. For instance, did you know that Bok Choy has more calcium per calorie than whole milk?


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