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All The Blogs -- April 2017

Michael Greger MD

Are the Benefits of Organic Food Underrated or Overrated?

Michael Greger MD | April 27, 2017 | Health

Read More: cadmium, cancer, carcinogens, carrots, cookies, dioxin, DNA damage, exercise, fruit, heavy metals, industrial pollutants, jelly beans, junk food, organic foods, pesticides, potato chips, smoking, tobacco, vegetables

Pesticides have been classified as probable carcinogens for 25 years. Different pesticides have been associated with different cancers through a variety of mechanisms, including genetic damage--direct hits to our DNA or chromosomes--and epigenetic modification, changes in the way our...

Michael Greger MD

What Are the Benefits of Organic?

Michael Greger MD | April 25, 2017 | Health

Read More: ADHD, alcohol, animal fat, antioxidants, beverages, birth defects, cancer, children, dairy, fat, fish, hypospadias, industrial pollutants, insecticides, insects, lymphoma, meat, men's health, milk, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, organic foods, organochlorines, penis health, pesticides, soda, testicular cancer, United Kingdom, women's health

The medical literature has been historically hostile to organic foods, blaming in part erroneous information supplied by the health food movement for our ignorance of nutrition. But until just a few generations ago, all food was organic. It's kind...

Michael Greger MD

The Best Way to Wash Fruit and Vegetables

Michael Greger MD | April 20, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal products, bacon, cheese, chicken, cooking methods, dairy, DDT, dishwashing detergent, eggs, fat, fish, fruit, fruit and vegetable wash, industrial pollutants, lettuce, meat, organic foods, pesticides, potatoes, poultry, salt, strawberries, TGI Friday's, tomatoes, vegetables, vinegar, water

How might we reduce our exposure to pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables? What about staying away from imported produce? Well, it turns out domestic produce may be even worse, dispelling the notion that imported fruits and vegetables pose...

Michael Greger MD

The Food Safety Risk of Organic versus Conventional

Michael Greger MD | April 18, 2017 | Health

Read More: ADHD, ALS, Alzheimer's disease, antibiotics, birth defects, brain disease, brain health, brain tumors, Camplyobacter, cancer, chicken, children, dementia, food poisoning, foodborne illness, leukemia, meat, memory, organic foods, Parkinson's disease, pesticides, pregnancy, reproductive health, Salmonella, superbugs, women's health

The stated principles of organic agriculture are "health, ecology, fairness, and care," but if you ask people why they buy organic, the strongest predictor is concern for their own health. People appear to spend more for organic foods for...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Dangers of Detox Diets - And How to Avoid Them

Janice Stanger, PhD | April 16, 2017 | Health

Read More: detox diets

Is "Spring Cleaning" Your Body Ever a Good Idea? The idea of detoxifying your body may be appealing, and heaps of commercial products crowd the market to tap into this desire. A google search for "detox diet products" brought up...

Michael Greger MD

Organic versus Conventional: Which has More Nutrients?

Michael Greger MD | April 14, 2017 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, barbecuing, breast cancer, broccoli, cancer, colon cancer, cost savings, DNA damage, esophageal cancer, fruit, frying, heterocyclic amines, meat, organic foods, pesticides, phenolics, phytonutrients, polycyclic hydrocarbons, smoked foods, strawberries, sulforaphane, vegetables

Are organic foods safer and healthier than conventional alternatives? Those are two separate questions. Some consumers are interested in getting more nutrients; others are more concerned about getting fewer pesticides. Let's do nutrition first. As seen in my video,...

Michael Greger MD

What Animal Protein Does in Your Colon

Michael Greger MD | April 11, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, ammonia, animal protein, beans, beef, beverages, butyrate, cabbage, cancer, colon cancer, colon disease, colon health, cruciferous vegetables, dried fruit, fiber, food additives, fruit, hydrogen sulfide, inflammatory bowel disease, lentils, meat, oatmeal, organic, pasta, peas, plant protein, plant-based diets, preservatives, processed foods, protein, rectal cancer, standard American diet, sulfites, sulfur, sulfur dioxide, ulcerative colitis, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, wine, women's health

There's a take-off of the industry slogan, "Beef: It's What's For Dinner" - "Beef: It's What's Rotting in Your Colon." I saw this on a shirt once with some friends and I was such the party pooper--no pun intended--explaining...

Michael Greger MD

High Blood Pressure: Normal but Not Natural

Michael Greger MD | April 6, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, aging, bacon, beans, beverages, blood pressure, bologna, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, cola, cruciferous vegetables, Europe, fruit, grains, greens, ham, heart disease, heart health, hot dogs, hypertension, lifespan, longevity, meat, medications, mortality, nuts, plant-based diets, processed meat, seeds, soda, standard American diet, vegetables

The most comprehensive and systematic analysis of causes of death ever undertaken allows us to answer questions like, how many lives could we save if people cut back on soda? The answer is 299,521. Soft drinks aren't just bad...

Michael Greger MD

NutritionFacts.org Gets a Makeover

Michael Greger MD | April 4, 2017 | Health

Read More: Updates

New Features With More on the Way Notice anything different? NutritionFacts.org just got a major redesign! The site was looking SO 2014, but the main reason we wanted to shake things up is to make the homepage more newbie-friendly....

Michael Greger MD

Antioxidant- and Folate-Rich Foods for Depression

Michael Greger MD | April 1, 2017 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, anxiety, ascorbic acid, beans, Canada, CDC, depression, folate, folic acid, fruit, grapefruit, greens, guava, junk food, lycopene, men's health, mental health, mood, mortality, oxidative stress, papaya, phytonutrients, processed foods, sexual health, spinach, suicide, supplements, tomatoes, vegetables, Vitamin C, vitamin E, women's health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rates of all of our top 10 killers have fallen or stabilized except for one, suicide. As shown in my video, Antioxidants & Depression, accumulating evidence indicates that free...