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All The Blogs -- January 2013

Chef AJ

Make your own Lara Bars

Chef AJ | January 31, 2013 | Food

Read More: chef

Lara Bars are a great snack.  Many are made from just fruit and nuts.  But did you know you can make your own in minutes for a fraction of the cost?  Some of the newer Lara Bar flavors have sugar,...

Jess Parsons

Fat Vegans 101 - from the inside out

Jess Parsons | January 29, 2013 | Health

Read More: Dr Campbell, Dr McDougall, Dr Popper, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Michael Klaper, Dr. Neal Barnard, fat vegans, plant based nutrition, weight-loss

Fat vegans - we know who we are. Dr Mcdougall has a whole chapter in his latest book, The Starch Solution, called simply, Fat Vegans. Ouch - not popular. I didn't like it either. I could debate his points,...

Michael Greger MD

Vegan Workplace Intervention

Michael Greger MD | January 29, 2013 | Health

Read More: diet pills, Dr. Barnard, natural food store, PCRM, processed foods, supplements, weight control, weight loss, whole plant foods

A billion people in the world are now overweight. That’s great news for the $13 billion weight loss supplement industry, but as I detailed in my 2-min. video Diet Pills Do a Fat Lot of Good, a recent review of common...

Jess Parsons

Life Hack - don't read the comments

Jess Parsons | January 24, 2013 | Lifestyle

Read More: activist, computers, debate, internet, media, reading, research, time suck

You can find anything on the internet these days. You don't have enough time to read all the expertly researched articles in your favourite hot and controversial topic. You probably go short of sleep and family time in the...

Michael Greger MD

Biblical Daniel Fast Tested

Michael Greger MD | January 24, 2013 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, Bible, Daniel, diet, disease, EPIC study, inflammation, plant-based diet, poultry, University of Memphis

Researchers recently set out to replicate the “Daniel Fast,” the biblical nutrition trial outlined in Daniel 1:8-16. In my last blog post Poultry Paunch, I featured results from the EPIC study, one of the largest studies ever performed. The gold standard,...

J Morris Hicks

What will Lance do now? Although disgraced at the moment...

J Morris Hicks | January 22, 2013 | Celebrities, Health

Read More: Lance Armstrong, real causes of cancer, the real truth about cancer

Like President Clinton, he is a winner and he will return. So why did Lance choose to come forward now? Many are saying that he did it for selfish reasons---just so he could participate in sanctioned races. But I...

Michael Greger MD

Poultry Paunch: Meat & Weight Gain

Michael Greger MD | January 22, 2013 | Health

Read More: calories, EPIC study, meat, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, nuts, weight gain

Meat is considered fattening due to its caloric density and fat content. Nuts are also packed with calories and fat though, but as I noted in my blog post Nuts Don’t Cause Expected Weight Gain so maybe we shouldn’t presume. As you...

Jess Parsons

Is soy milk weird? You decide...

Jess Parsons | January 19, 2013 | Food

Read More: coffee, dairy, marketing, soy milk

A big barrier to veganism? People think really critically about new ideas, and not at all about their old habits.  ...

Michael Greger MD

Diet vs. Exercise: What's More Important?

Michael Greger MD | January 17, 2013 | Health

Read More: BMI, body mass index, exercise, weight loss, WHR

When trying to lose weight, which is most important: diet or exercise? The vast majority of those surveyed believe that both monitoring food and beverage consumption and physical activity are equally important in weight maintenance and weight loss. After equally important, people go with...

J Morris Hicks

FLU Shots. Why I never get them anymore.

J Morris Hicks | January 15, 2013 | Health

Read More: flu shots

I can't remember when I had my last flu shot. Probably fifteen or twenty years ago. Does that explain why I had a bout with the swine flu in November of 2009? Since I never went to the doctor,...

Michael Greger MD

The Ice Diet

Michael Greger MD | January 15, 2013 | Health

Read More: colon, fiber, firmicutes, fruits, gut flora, phtyonutrients, vegan, vegetables, vegetarians

Other than fiber, what else do plants make that animals don’t that could help account for how dramatically slimmer those who eat plant-based diets tend to be? In my last article Boosting Gut Flora Without Probiotics I covered fiber. In Tipping Firmicutes to...

Sarah Taylor

Book Review: Diet for a New America, 25th Anniversary Edition

Sarah Taylor | January 14, 2013 | Health

Read More: Diet for a New America, John Robbins, vegan

The next time you meet someone who has been vegan for a long time, ask what made them go vegan.  There is a high likelihood that their answer will start with, “I read this amazing book by John Robbins…” Before...

Sarah Taylor

Book Review: Diet for a New America, 25th Anniversary Edition

Sarah Taylor | January 14, 2013 | Health

Read More: Diet for a New America, John Robbins, vegan

The next time you meet someone who has been vegan for a long time, ask what made them go vegan.  There is a high likelihood that their answer will start with, “I read this amazing book by John Robbins…” Before...

Janice Stanger, PhD

How To Stop Emotional Eating For Good

Janice Stanger, PhD | January 11, 2013 | Lifestyle

Read More: binge eating, emotional eating, whole foods plant based diet

Julie Simon Shows You How to End Compulsive Eating and the Diet Mentality Do you struggle with compulsive emotional eating, including binge eating when you're not really hungry or frequently reaching for junk food instead of nourishing choices? If so,...

Michael Greger MD

Boosting Gut Flora Without Probiotics

Michael Greger MD | January 10, 2013 | Health

Read More: anti-inflammatory, bacteria, butyrate, colon cancer, fiber, flora, obesity, probiotics

Obesity is so rare among those eating plant-based diets (see my video Thousands of Vegans Studied), nutrition researchers have been desperate to uncover their secret. Yes, they tend to eat fewer calories, but not that many fewer. In the past I’ve made...

Chef AJ

Split Pea Soup in only 6 minutes???

Chef AJ | January 9, 2013

Read More: Chef AJ, fast food, Soup

Yep!  With a pressure cooker you won't have to wait 8 hours for your soup to cook in a crock pot or 2 hours on the stove.  If you go to www.instantpot,com and use the code AJ you get a...

Jess Parsons

Gun nut goes nuts...

Jess Parsons | January 9, 2013 | Lifestyle

Read More: activist, guns, media, violence

 So here's the video everyone loves to hate today... Piers Morgan interviews gun advocate and radio host Alex Jones. OK, so the guy lacks personal skills. (I mean the gun nut, not specifically Piers Morgan.) And I do not...

Michael Greger MD

New DVD to Help Resolute Your Resolutions

Michael Greger MD | January 7, 2013 | Health

The current batch of videos from volume 11 on are set to run out soon here on NutritionFacts.org, so starting mid-month and running through April I'll be rolling out the videos from this new DVD volume 12. The DVDs give folks the...

J Morris Hicks

Massive Food Problem. Mark Bittman recommends patience.

J Morris Hicks | January 3, 2013 | Food, Green, Health

I recommend LEADERSHIP! Once again, let me say it up front---when it comes to our food system, Mark Bittman is the most knowledgeable journalist on the planet. He totally "gets it" about the health, environmental and sustainability issues. But...

Michael Greger MD

Burning Fat With Flavonoids

Michael Greger MD | January 3, 2013 | Health

Read More: arginine, flavonoids, grape juice, metabolism, nuts, sugar, walnuts

Nuts appear to boost one’s metabolism, such that when we eat nuts we burn more of our own fat to compensate. In my 2-min. video, Testing the Fat Burning Theory, I show that people who don’t eat nuts tend to burn...