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The Mediterranean Diet or a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet?

Michael Greger MD | January 3, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, American Heart Association, brain disease, bread, butter, cancer, canola, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, chronic diseases, dairy, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, fish, fruit, Greece, heart disease, Lyon Diet Heart Study, meat, Mediterranean diet, mortality, nuts, olive oil, omega-3 fatty acids, plant-based diets, PREDIMED, saturated fat, smoking, walnuts, wine

Recent studies have shown that higher Mediterranean diet adherence scores are associated with a significant reduction of the risk of death, heart disease, cancer, and brain disease. The problem with population studies like these is that people who eat......

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What's the Mediterranean Diet's Secret?

Michael Greger MD | December 22, 2016 | Health

Read More: Ancel Keys, animal fat, animal products, beans, brain health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases, cognition, cruciferous vegetables, dairy, depression, diabetes, fruit, grains, Greece, greens, heart disease, inflammation, iron, meat, Mediterranean diet, mental health, mortality, nuts, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, soy, standard American diet, stroke, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

The Mediterranean Diet is an "in" topic nowadays in both the medical literature and the lay media. As one researcher put it, "Uncritical laudatory coverage is common, but specifics are hard to come by: What is it? Where did......

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Striving for Alkaline Pee and Acidic Poo

Michael Greger MD | December 20, 2016 | Health

Read More: acid/base balance, Africa, African Americans, animal protein, beans, bowel movements, cabbage, colon cancer, colon health, fecal bacteria, fiber, fruit, grains, gut flora, pH, plant-based diets, sauerkraut, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vinegar

More than 30 years ago, an idea was put forward that high colonic pH promoted colorectal cancer. A high colonic pH may promote the creation of carcinogens from bile acids, a process that is inhibited once you get below......

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How to Prevent Ulcerative Colitis with Diet

Michael Greger MD | December 15, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal protein, butyrate, colon health, Crohn's disease, DNA damage, fecal bacteria, fiber, flatulence, gut flora, hydrogen sulfide, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal health, Japan, meat, plant protein, plant-based diets, steak, ulcerative colitis, vegans, vegetarians

What has driven the dramatic increase in prevalence of the inflammatory bowel disease Crohn's disease in societies that rapidly westernized--a disease practically unknown just a century ago? What has changed in our internal and external environment that has led......

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Improving Employee Diets Could Save Companies Millions

Michael Greger MD | December 1, 2016 | Health

Read More: alcohol, animal products, animal protein, beans, blood sugar, body fat, broccoli, calories, cholesterol, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, eggs, exercise, fat, fiber, fruit, grains, industry influence, insulin, Lifestyle medicine, meat, metabolism, obesity, plant, plant-based diets, prediabetes, saturated fat, tobacco, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, weight loss, Workplace intervention

The food, alcohol, and tobacco industries have been blamed for "manufacturing epidemics" of chronic disease, but they're just trying to sell more product like everyone else. And so if that means distorting science, creating front groups, compromising scientists, blocking......

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Lipotoxicity: How Saturated Fat Raises Blood Sugar

Michael Greger MD | November 24, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, autoimmune diseases, avocados, blood sugar, cancer, cardiovascular disease, carnitine palmitoyl transferase, ceramide, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, diacylglycerol, eggs, fat, fruit, heart disease, hydrogenated fats, inflammation, insulin, lipotoxicity, meat, milk, monounsaturated fats, mortality, muscle health, nuts, olives, omnivores, oxidative stress, pancreas health, plant-based diets, prediabetes, saturated fat, trans fats, vegans, vegetable oil, vegetarians, weight loss

The reason those eating plant-based diets have less fat buildup in their muscle cells and less insulin resistance may be because saturated fats appear to impair blood sugar control the most. The association between fat and insulin resistance is......

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The Natural Human Diet

Michael Greger MD | November 15, 2016 | Health

Read More: Africa, bacon, blood pressure, brains, butter, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cheese, chicken, China, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish, eggs, evolution, fiber, fruit, greens, heart disease, high blood pressure, hypertension, low-carb diets, meat, Mioscene, nutrition myths, nuts, paleolithic diets, plant-based diets, pork, prehistoric diets, Pritikin, seeds, stroke, trans fats, Twinkies, vegetables

Our epidemics of dietary disease have prompted a great deal of research into what humans are meant to eat for optimal health. In 1985, an influential article highlighted in my video The Problem With the Paleo Diet Argument was......

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How Well Do Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Actually Work?

Michael Greger MD | November 8, 2016 | Health

Read More: bone fractures, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, colon cancer, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, Fosamax, heart disease, heart health, Lifestyle medicine, Lipitor, medical education, medications, meditation, plant-based diets, side effects, statins, stress

One of the reasons people may undervalue diet and lifestyle changes is an overconfidence in the ability of pills and procedures to prevent disease. For example, people tend to wildly overestimate the power of things like mammograms and colonoscopies......

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Flax Seeds Can Have Profound Effect on Hypertension

Michael Greger MD | November 1, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, animal fat, antioxidants, blood pressure, burgers, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, fat, flax seeds, hamburgers, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, lard, meat, medications, molasses, mortality, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, salt, saturated fat, side effects, statins, stroke, sugar, tomatoes

A recent article in the journal, Meat Science, acknowledged that a sector of the population perceives meat as a food that is detrimental to their health because of studies associating meat consumption with heart disease and cancer. So, the......

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How May Eating Plants Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?

Michael Greger MD | October 27, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, Alzheimer's disease, antioxidants, berries, blueberries, brain disease, brain health, cognition, dairy, dementia, Evidence-based medicine, exercise, fat, FDA, fiber, fruit, greens, lifespan, meat, medications, mortality, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, saffron, saturated fat, side effects, smoking, spices, standard American diet, strawberries, sugar, turmeric, vegetables

Intake of saturated fats and added sugars, two of the primary components of a modern Western diet, is linked with the development of Alzheimer's disease. There has been a global shift in dietary composition, from traditional diets high in......

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Reversal of Chronic Disease Risk Even Late in Life

Michael Greger MD | October 18, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, Asia, beans, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases, colon cancer, diabetes, fruit, grains, heart disease, Japan, junk food, legumes, meat, mortality, nuts, plant-based diets, prostate cancer, smoking, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

A hundred years ago, the New York Times reported on a rather sophisticated study for the time: 4,600 cases of cancer appearing over a seven year period, suggesting that the increased consumption of animal foods was to blame. A......

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What About Eating Just a Little Meat?

Michael Greger MD | October 11, 2016 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, animal fat, animal products, animal protein, Asia, blood pressure, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, eggs, fish, flexitarians, heart health, hypertension, junk food, meat, plant-based diets, prediabetes, soda, Taiwan, vegans, vegetarians

As you can see in my video, Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes, we've known for decades that a plant-based diet may be protective against diabetes. Studies going back half a century found that those eating meat one or more days......

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Which Dietary Factors Affect Breast Cancer Most?

Michael Greger MD | September 27, 2016 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, alcohol, American Institute for Cancer Research, beverages, bladder cancer, breast cancer, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, China Study, endometrial cancer, esophageal cancer, Forks Over Knives, greens, heart disease, heart health, kidney cancer, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, liver cancer, lung cancer, mortality, oral cancer, plant protein, plant-based diets, smoking, stomach cancer, tobacco, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

One of my favorite cancer-specific charities, the American Institute for Cancer Research, lauds the China Study and the documentary Forks Over Knives, with which they share the same bottom-line message: The healthiest diets are those that revolve around whole......

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How to Mitigate and Prevent Crohn's Disease with Diet

Michael Greger MD | September 20, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, animal protein, artificial sweeteners, autoimmune diseases, brain disease, broccoli, carboxy-methyl cellulose, colon health, Crisco, Crohn's disease, dairy, dishwashing detergent, fiber, fruit, greens, gut flora, Harvard, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, junk food, maltodextrin, meat, plant-based diets, plantains, Polysorbate 80, processed foods, Splenda, ulcerative colitis, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, xanthan gum

Crohn's disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects more than a million Americans. It is an inflammatory bowel disease in which the body attacks the intestines. There is currently no known cure for Crohn's disease; current research focuses on......

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Should Pregnant Women Drink Cow's Milk?

Michael Greger MD | September 15, 2016 | Health

Read More: acne, adolescence, animal products, breast cancer, cancer, children, chronic diseases, dairy, endometrial cancer, estrogen, farm animals, fertility, hormones, IGF-1, men's health, menopause, milk, organic, ovarian cancer, plant-based diets, pregnancy, prostate cancer, puberty, reproductive health, twins, uterine cancer, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

Foods of animal origin in general naturally contain hormones, but cow's milk may be of particular concern. The hormones naturally found even in organic cow's milk may have played a role in studies that found a relationship between dairy......

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What to Eat to Protect Against Kidney Cancer

Michael Greger MD | September 8, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, antioxidants, bacon, beef, blood pressure, cancer, carcinogens, celery, chicken, collard greens, dairy, deli meat, diabetes, eggs, fermented foods, fiber, greens, hot dogs, hypertension, industry influence, kale, kidney cancer, kidney disease, kidney health, meat, NIH-AARP study, nitrate, nitrite, nitrosamines, obesity, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, pork, processed foods, processed meat, sausage, smoking, tobacco, vegetables, vitamin C

58,000 Americans are diagnosed with kidney cancer every year, and 13,000 die. And the numbers have been going up. Approximately 4 percent of cases are hereditary, but what about the other 96 percent? The only accepted risk factor has......

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Paleo Diet May Undermine Benefit of CrossFit Exercise

Michael Greger MD | September 6, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, animal protein, apples, Atkins diet, beans, beef, blood pressure, burgers, cancer, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, dairy, diabetes, doughnuts, eggs, exercise, fat, fish, fruit, grains, hamburgers, HDL cholesterol, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, insulin, junk food, LDL cholesterol, legumes, low-carb diets, meat, nutrition myths, nuts, oatmeal, paleolithic diets, pasta, plant-based diets, pork, processed foods, protein, salmon, sugar, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, weight loss

Much of the low-carb and paleo reasoning revolves around insulin. To quote a paleo blogger, "carbohydrates increase insulin, the root of all evil when it comes to dieting and health." So the logic follows that because carbs increase insulin,......

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Chicken Big: The Correlation Between Poultry and Obesity

Michael Greger MD | August 30, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, calories, chicken, exercise, fruit, grains, meat, obesity, plant-based diets, poultry, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

Vegetarians have considerably lower obesity rates compared to meat-eaters, but why? Is it because they're not eating meat or because they're eating more plants? Or maybe they're just eating fewer calories or exercising more? A study out of the......

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Introducing the Kempner Rice Diet

Michael Greger MD | August 16, 2016 | Health

Read More: blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Walter Kempner, eye disease, eye health, fat, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, hypertension, kidney failure, kidney health, lifespan, low-carb diets, mortality, plant-based diets, protein, rice, salt, smoking, stroke, vegetables, vision

Franklin Delano Roosevelt brought us through the Great Depression and World War II. Who knows how history would have been different had he not died in his fourth term as President from a massive stroke. In the following days......

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How to Eliminate 90 Percent of Heart Disease Risk

Michael Greger MD | August 2, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, exercise, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, INTERHEART study, Lifestyle medicine, nutrition myths, plant-based diets, smoking, statins, stroke

Medical myths and dogmas die hard. Researchers creating a new body of knowledge for prevention and control of heart disease had to disprove a bunch of doozies. For example, we used to think that heart disease, high cholesterol and......

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Caloric Restriction vs. Plant-Based Diets

Michael Greger MD | July 14, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, animal protein, animal studies, athletes, body fat, caloric restriction, calories, cancer, chemotherapy, children, IGF-1, liver health, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, protein, side effects, smoking, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians, weight loss

Hundreds of thousands of deaths in the United States every year are attributed to obesity, now overtaking smoking as perhaps the main preventable cause of illness and premature death. In particular, excess body fatness is an important cause of......

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Preventing Breast Cancer with Flax Seeds

Michael Greger MD | May 26, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, blood clots, brain health, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, breast health, cancer, cognition, flax seeds, fruit, grains, interleukin-1, lignans, longevity, mental health, mortality, ovary health, phytoestrogens, plant-based diets, seeds, side effects, tamoxifen, uterine cancer, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, women's health

I've previously discussed the role of dietary lignans in the reduction of breast cancer risk and improvement in breast cancer survival, based on studies that showed that women with breast cancer who ate the most lignans appeared to live......

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Rinse Your Mouth After Sour Foods and Drinks

Michael Greger MD | May 12, 2016 | Health

Read More: blackberries, blood pressure, burgers, citrus, Coca-Cola, dental health, erectile dysfunction, food additives, fruit, hamburgers, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, hypertension, impotence, liver disease, liver failure, meat, mortality, oral health, orange juice, periodontal disease, plant-based diets, side effects, tea, vegans, vegetables, water

Hibiscus tea has been found to be as effective at lowering blood pressure as a leading hypertension drug without the potential side-effects (which include everything from lack of strength to impotence, including rare cases of potentially fatal liver damage).......

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Plant-Based Diets for Hypertension

Michael Greger MD | May 10, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, athletes, blood pressure, calories, cholesterol, dairy, DASH diet, diabetes, eggs, exercise, fish, fruit, heart disease, heart health, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, hypertension, junk food, Lifestyle medicine, meat, mortality, nitric oxide, obesity, plant protein, plant-based diets, processed foods, salt, side effects, standard American diet, stroke, tea, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, weight loss, World Health Organization

Recently, researchers from Taiwan pitted the herbal tea hibiscus against obesity. They gave hibiscus to overweight individuals and reported that subjects showing reduced body weight. However, after 12 weeks on hibiscus subjects only lost about three pounds, only one......

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How to Treat Prediabetes with Diet

Michael Greger MD | May 5, 2016 | Health

Read More: American Diabetes Association, calories, cholesterol, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, eggs, exercise, fat, fiber, flax seeds, grains, Institute of Medicine, insulin, junk food, Lifestyle medicine, meat, medical education, mortality, omega-3 fatty acids, phytosterols, plant-based diets, prediabetes, processed foods, saturated fat, sugar, trans fats

For people with prediabetes, lifestyle modification is considered "the cornerstone of diabetes prevention." Diet-wise, this means individuals with prediabetes or diabetes should aim to reduce their intake of excess calories, saturated fat, and trans fat. Too many of us......

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