Letter to the Editor: Jonny Bowden’s Response to Dr. Fuhrman

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To the Editor:

In the immortal words of Ronald Reagan, “there you go again.” Once again, Joel Fuhrman has cherry-picked his facts to make his case.

Dr. Fuhrman is dialing back his extremely strong position on animal foods — I’ve heard him speak, I’ve heard him on panels, and no one in the audience of any of those seminars, workshops or conferences is left with even the slightest doubt about where he stands on animal foods, saturated fat, and cholesterol.

His statement about the ANDI system being based on “34 nutritional parameters measured and recorded by the US government” is exactly right and precisely the problem. The dietary guidelines of the US government have consistently demonized saturated fat, consistently recommended “vegetable oils” and— until just VERY recently— consistently damned cholesterol in the diet. So trying to shift responsibility for this biased system to the government while claiming to be “objective” is patent nonsense. That would be like someone saying that it’s wrong for women to drive cars and then innocently claiming “I”m only using standards set up by the Saudi government!” Fuhrman should have the courage of his convictions and take responsibility for the nonsense he’s been spewing for the past however many years, instead of saying he’s “just” applying the (stunningly out-of-touch) standards of the government.

He’s also totally misinformed about the The American College of Nutrition and board-certification. The ACN— of which i have been a proud member in good standing for over 16 years— has a rigorous full-day exam that is technically administered by the CBNS (Certifying Board of Nutrition Specialists). Once that exam is passed, you earn the designation of CNS, which is accepted by the American College of Nutrition, and you are considered, by that esteemed body, to be board-certified. So though the exam itself is technically “outsourced” to a board, the board-certification is accepted by and used by the ACN.

And since the writing of my original article, the founder of Whole Foods— John Mackey— gave an interview in which he claimed that “oil” was worse than sugar, demonstrating breathtaking ignorance of both nutrition and science. I stand by my position— the philosophy of Whole Foods (the store) is highly biased against fat— particularly saturated fat— and that is a position wholly consistent with everything Joel Furhman has stood for over the past decade.

Sincerely,

Jonny Bowden

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Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS aka The Nutrition Myth Buster™
Jonny Bowden, “the Nutrition Myth Buster,” is a board-certified nutritionist and the best-selling author of 15 books including Smart Fat and his latest book, The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer. His bestselling weight-loss program, The Metabolic Factor, is available here. To learn more about healthy living, motivation and nutrition, visit jonnybowden.com. Follow him @jonnybowden or on Facebook, Dr. Jonny Bowden. Note: The statements presented in this column should not be considered medical advice or a way to diagnose or treat any disease or illness. Dietary supplements do not treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always seek the advice of a medical professional before altering your daily dietary regimen. The opinions presented here are those of the writer.

1 COMMENT

  1. I have heard and watched Dr Fuhrman for years. I have also witnessed him refer to the fact that he believe’s a small amount of animal meat is permissible. His main point is the Micro nutrition (nutrient dense…as he calls it) strategy is a sure pathway to a healthier body.

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