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All The Blogs -- November 2014

Michael Greger MD

How Avoiding Eggs Could Help You Avoid Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | November 27, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, amputations, Asia, blindness, chronic diseases, diabetes, eggs, Europe, eye disease, eye health, Freedom of Information Act, Harvard, industry influence, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney function, kidney health, lifespan, mortality

Type 2 diabetes is becoming a global pandemic. We know the consumption of eggs is related to the development of some other chronic diseases, what about diabetes? There appears to be a stepwise increase in risk as more and...

Michael Greger MD

Guest Blog: Healthy Holiday Eating

Michael Greger MD | November 25, 2014 | Health

Imagine if, instead of a Thanksgiving dinner or winter celebration meal that left you and your guests overweight and over-stuffed, you had a meal that was both superbly satisfying and healthful! It could be the perfect opportunity to introduce some...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Five Dangers of Eating Poultry

Janice Stanger, PhD | November 23, 2014 | Health

Read More: chicken, dangers of poultry, plant-based diet, Thanksgiving, turkey, whole foods

Chicken and Turkey Are Health Risks All Year Long Turkeys are the routine centerpiece of many holiday meals, while chickens are a common "main course" for everyday dinners. Yet when you look closely at poultry, the health dangers may surprise...

Michael Greger MD

How Beans Help Our Bones

Michael Greger MD | November 20, 2014

Read More: animal studies, antinutrients, beans, bone fractures, bone health, bone mineral density, calcium, chickpeas, Fosamax, grains, legumes, lentils, medications, nuts, osteoporosis, phytates, polyphenols, seeds, side effects, split peas, sprouts, women's health

Health authorities from all over the world universally recommend increasing the consumption of whole grains and legumes--beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils--for health promotion. But what about the phytates? Phytate is a naturally occurring compound found in all plant...

Michael Greger MD

What is Actually in Chicken Nuggets?

Michael Greger MD | November 18, 2014 | Health

Read More: animal fat, chicken, children, farm animals, fast food, fat, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, meat, obesity, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, pork, poultry, processed foods, processed meat, USDA

In a scathing expose of the USDA's new meat inspection program, the Washington Post quoted a representative from the meat inspectors union, who said: "pig processing lines may be moving too quickly to catch tainted meat... Tremendous amounts of...

Michael Greger MD

Does Caramel Color Cause Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | November 13, 2014 | Health

Read More: artificial colors, beer, beverages, California, cancer, caramel color, carcinogens, Coca-Cola, food additives, gravy, industry influence, Pepsi, safety limits, soda, soy sauce

Used as a coloring agent in products ranging from colas and beer to gravies and soy sauce, caramel coloring may be the world's most widely consumed food coloring. It helps grocery stores sell more than a billion servings of...

Michael Greger MD

We Can End the Heart Disease Epidemic

Michael Greger MD | November 11, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal pain, Africa, appendicitis, beans, body fat, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, colon cancer, colon health, constipation, corn, diabetes, diverticulosis, fat, fiber, gallbladder health, gallstones, heart disease, heart health, hemorrhoids, hernia, hiatal hernia, hypertension, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, medical profession, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, rectal cancer, standard American diet, stomach health, stomach ulcers, stool size, surgery, Uganda, varicose veins, vegans, vegetarians

Many of the diseases that are common in United States are rare or even nonexistent in populations eating mainly whole plant foods. These so-called Western Diseases are some of our most common conditions: Obesity, the most important nutritional disease...

Michael Greger MD

How to Prevent Heart Disease

Michael Greger MD | November 6, 2014 | Health

Read More: Africa, animal fat, animal products, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cavities, cholesterol, corn, dental health, exercise, fat, fruit, greens, heart disease, heart health, junk food, LDL cholesterol, Lifestyle medicine, medical profession, medications, millet, mortality, mouthwash, oral health, plant protein, plant-based diets, plantains, Pritikin, protein, pumpkin, trans fats, vegans, vegetable protein, vegetables, vegetarians

Many of today's lifestyle medicine doctors, myself included, were greatly influenced by Nathan Pritikin, the nutrition pioneer who started reversing heart disease with a plant-based diet and exercise back in the 70s. (More on Nathan Pritikin in Engineering a...

Michael Greger MD

How Seafood Can Impact Brain Development

Michael Greger MD | November 4, 2014 | Health

Read More: adolescence, algae, attention deficit, birth defects, brain health, children, cognition, DHA, EPA, epilepsy, FDA, fish, heavy metals, infants, mackerel, mental health, mercury, omega-3 fatty acids, persistent organic pollutants, pregnancy, salmon, seafood, supplements, sustainability, swordfish, tuna, vision, women's health

In my video Fish Intake Associated With Brain Shrinkage, I discussed evidence suggesting that mercury exposure through fish intake during pregnancy may decrease the size of the newborn's brain. However, just because fish-eating mothers may give birth to children...