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Chocolate Is Finally Put to the Test

Michael Greger MD | October 10, 2017 | Health

Read More: beans, bell peppers, beverages, body fat, Brussels sprouts, calories, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark chocolate, exercise, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, junk food, legumes, lentils, music, National Confectioners Association, nuts, obesity, phytonutrients, processed food, saturated fat, seeds, split peas, sugar, vegetables, weight gain, weight loss

Botanically speaking, seeds are small embryonic plants--the whole plant stuffed into a tiny seed and surrounded by an outer layer packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals to protect the seedling plant's DNA from free radicals. No wonder they're so......

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Big Sugar Takes on the World Health Organization

Michael Greger MD | July 25, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, animal fat, beans, chronic diseases, dietary guidelines, fat, fruit, grains, industry influence, junk food, lentils, medications, Michelle Obama, peas, processed foods, salt, saturated fat, subsidies, sugar, Sugar Association, tobacco, trans fats, vegetables, World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends we reduce our consumption of salt, trans fats, saturated fats, and added sugars. Why? Because consumption of such foods is the cause of at least 14 million deaths every year from chronic diseases.......

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Ginger Root for Migraines

Michael Greger MD | June 22, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, complementary medicine, dizziness, ginger, headaches, heartburn, herbal remedies, industry influence, medications, migraine headaches, pain, side effects, spices, stomach health, water

Many successful herbal treatments start like this: Some doctor learns that some plant has been used in some ancient medical tradition, like ginger for headaches. Well, the physician has patients with headaches and so tries advising one with migraines......

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What Happened to the Rice Diet?

Michael Greger MD | May 18, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, blindness, blood pressure, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Walter Kempner, fat, fruit, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, industry influence, kidney disease, kidney failure, Lifestyle medicine, medications, mortality, plant-based diets, protein, reversing chronic disease, rice, sodium, statins, stroke

During his career at Duke, Dr. Walter Kempner treated more than 18,000 patients with his rice diet. The diet was originally designed as a treatment for kidney failure and out-of-control high blood pressure at a time when these diagnoses......

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White Meat May Be as Cholesterol-Raising as Red

Michael Greger MD | February 28, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, animal protein, beef, beverages, blood sugar, burgers, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, Coca-Cola, cola, dairy, eggs, fat, fish, flexitarians, hamburgers, heart health, industry influence, lard, LDL cholesterol, meat, Pepsi, plant protein, plant-based diets, poultry, protein, red meat, saturated fat, soda, sugar, tofu, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, veggie burgers, white meat

In light of recommendations for heart healthy eating from national professional organizations encouraging Americans to limit their intake of meat, the beef industry commissioned and co-wrote a review of randomized controlled trials comparing the effects of beef versus chicken......

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Are Sugar Pills Better than Antidepressant Drugs?

Michael Greger MD | January 26, 2017 | Health

Read More: antidepressants, body fat, depression, diarrhea, exercise, FDA, Freedom of Information Act, industry influence, insomnia, lifespan, medications, mental health, mood, muscle health, nausea, placebo, placebo effect, Prozac, sexual dysfunction, sexual health, side effects, SSRI's, weight gain

We've learned that exercise compares favorably to antidepressant medications as a first-line treatment for mild to moderate depression (in my video Exercise vs. Drugs for Depression). But how much is that really saying? How effective are antidepressant drugs in......

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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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Are Raisins a Good Snack Choice?

Michael Greger MD | October 13, 2016 | Health

Read More: blood sugar, California Raison Marketing Board, calories, candy, Coca-Cola, cookies, dried fruit, fruit, grapes, industry influence, junk food, obesity, pizza, potato chips, raisins, soda

Raisins, like all fruits, have a variety of health benefits, but dried fruit is higher in calories per serving than fresh, so might they contribute to weight gain? A study done by the University of Connecticut helped set people's......

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How to Design Saturated Fat Studies to Hide the Truth

Michael Greger MD | October 4, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, Atkins diet, butter, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, dairy, dietary guidelines, fat, Harvard, HDL cholesterol, heart disease, heart health, Hegsted Equation, industry influence, LDL cholesterol, meat, milk, National Beef Cattleman's Association, National Dairy Board, saturated fat, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians

Where do the international consensus guidelines to dramatically lower saturated fat consumption come from? (I show the list in my video, The Saturated Fat Studies: Buttering Up the Public). They came from literally hundreds of metabolic ward experiments, which......

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The Saturated Fat Studies: Buttering Up the Public

Michael Greger MD | September 29, 2016 | Health

Read More: American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, animal fat, animal products, butter, cake, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, Center for Science in the Public Interest, cheese, chicken, dairy, dietary guidelines, European Food Safety Authority, fat, heart disease, heart health, ice cream, industry influence, Institute of Medicine, junk food, meat, Mexico, milk, National Dairy Board, National Dairy Promotion Board, pie, processed foods, safety limits, saturated fat, trans fat

Time magazine's cover exhorting people to eat butter could be viewed as a desperate attempt to revive dwindling print sales, but they claimed to be reporting on real science--a systematic review and meta-analysis published in a prestigious journal that......

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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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How Big Food Twists the Science

Michael Greger MD | August 18, 2016 | Health

Read More: alcohol, beverages, burgers, cancer, candy, chicken, chronic diseases, doughnuts, Exponent Inc., FDA, hamburgers, industry influence, junk food, Kraft, lung cancer, National Confectioners Association, Phillip Morris, potato chips, potatoes, processed foods, smoking, soda, tobacco, ultra-processed foods, Whitecoat project

Just like mosquitos are the vectors of spread for malaria, a landmark article published last year in one of the most prestigious medical journals, Lancet, described large food corporations as the vectors of spread for chronic disease. Unlike "infectious......

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How Much Added Sugar is Too Much?

Michael Greger MD | July 19, 2016 | Health

Read More: alcohol, American Heart Association, apples, calories, chronic diseases, Coca-Cola, empty calories, fatty liver disease, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, industry influence, liver disease, liver inflammation, soda, sugar, World Health Organization

In 1776, at the time of the American Revolution, Americans consumed about four pounds of sugar per person each year. By 1850, this had risen to 20 pounds, and by 1994 to 120 pounds. Now we're closer to 160......

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Is Monsanto's Roundup Pesticide Glyphosate Safe?

Michael Greger MD | July 8, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal studies, Europe, fertility, glyphosate, GMO, hormones, industry influence, men's health, Monsanto, organic, pesticides, pregnancy, reproductive health, Roundup, safety limits, soy, soybeans, testosterone, women's health

GMO soy has been found to be contaminated with pesticide residues (see Are GMOs Safe? The Case of Roundup Ready Soy), but are these levels anything to worry about? I explore this question in my video Is Monsanto's Roundup......

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GMO Soybeans Compared to Conventionally Grown and Organic Soy

Michael Greger MD | July 5, 2016 | Health

Read More: glyphosate, GMO, industry influence, Monsanto, organic, pesticides, Roundup, soy, soybeans

As I discussed in the video, Are GMOs Safe? The Case of BT Corn, genes from GMO crops were found in pregnant women. There is debate on the direct threat of the inserted genes, but the real danger may......

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Is Insecticidal GMO Corn Safe?

Michael Greger MD | June 28, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal studies, BT corn, corn, farm animals, fruit, GMO, industrial toxins, industry influence, meat, organic, pesticides, pregnancy, reproductive health, salmon, vegetables, women's health

Recently the prominent science journal Nature editorialized that we are now swimming in information about genetically modified crops, but that much of the information is wrong--on both sides of the debate. "But a lot of this incorrect information is......

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Why Does the Meat Industry Routinely Feed Animals Antibiotics?

Michael Greger MD | June 23, 2016 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, chicken, cost savings, Europe, factory farming practices, farm animals, FDA, fecal contamination, feed additives, industry influence, meat, MRSA, penicillin, Pew Commission, poultry, staph infection, turkey, USDA, vegans, vegetarians

When farm animals are fed antibiotics, they can develop antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts. Manure contamination of meat can then transfer these gut bacteria to humans. These bacteria can even spread to vegetarians, since drug-resistant bacteria in the animal......

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Fast Food Restaurants in Children's Hospitals

Michael Greger MD | June 21, 2016 | Health

Read More: calories, candy, carrots, cholesterol, fast food, fruit, industry influence, junk food, McDonald's, National Cancer Institute, smoking, tobacco, vegetables

The food industry spends billions on advertising. Promotion costs for individual candy bars can run in the tens of millions. McDonald's alone spends a billion dollars on advertising every year. Such figures dwarf the National Cancer Institute's million dollar......

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Egg Consumption and LDL Cholesterol Size

Michael Greger MD | April 28, 2016 | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, cholesterol, choline, corn, eggs, HDL cholesterol, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, LDL cholesterol, lutein, mortality, phytonutrients, spinach, stroke, zeaxanthin

Maria Fernandez has received nearly a half million dollars from the egg industry and writes papers like "Rethinking dietary cholesterol." She admits that eggs can raise LDL cholesterol, bad cholesterol, but argues that HDL, so-called "good cholesterol," also rises,......

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When Charities Collaborate With the Food Industry

Michael Greger MD | March 29, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, beans, breast cancer, breast health, calories, cancer, chicken, Coca-cola, exercise, fat, fruit, frying, industry influence, junk food, obesity, Pepsi, poultry, processed foods, salt, smoking, soda, standard American diet, subsidies, sugar, tobacco, vegetables, weight loss, women's health

When the history of the world's attempt to address obesity is written, one researcher writes, "the greatest failure may be collaboration with and appeasement of the food industry." For instance, Yum! Brands, who owns Kentucky Fried Chicken, linked up......

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The Effects of Dietary Cholesterol on Blood Cholesterol

Michael Greger MD | March 22, 2016 | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, animal fat, bacon, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, eggs, fat, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, LDL cholesterol, meat, pork, saturated fat, sausage, smoking, tobacco, triglycerides

Blood cholesterol levels are clearly increased by eating dietary cholesterol. In other words, putting cholesterol in our mouth means putting cholesterol in our blood, and it may also potentiate the harmful effects of saturated fats, meaning when we eat......

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Using Cherries to Treat Gout

Michael Greger MD | March 15, 2016 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, arthritis, cherries, complementary medicine, frozen fruit, gout, industry influence, joint disease, joint health, juice, pomegranate juice, uric acid

Over the last 40 years, the burden of gout, a painful inflammatory arthritis, has risen considerably, now affecting millions of Americans. In fact, gout is now the most common inflammatory arthritis in men and older women. In my video,......

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How to Prevent Childhood Obesity and Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | March 3, 2016 | Health

Read More: American Academy of Pediatrics, amputations, animal fat, animal products, animal protein, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, beans, blindness, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, cost savings, dairy, diabetes, eggs, eye disease, eye health, fat, fiber, fruit, gout, grains, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney health, Loma Linda University, meat, milk, mortality, nuts, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, sugar, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, veggie burgers, veggie dogs, vision, water

Thirty years ago, virtually all diabetes in young individuals was thought to be autoimmune Type 1 diabetes, but since the mid-90s, we started to see an increase in Type 2 diabetes among youth, particularly in the United States. Indeed,......

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Gluten Sensitivity Put to the Test

Michael Greger MD | February 18, 2016 | Health

Read More: allergies, asthma, bagels, bread, celiac disease, dairy, depression, diarrhea, eggs, FODMAPs, food sensitivities, fructans, gluten, grains, industry influence, irritable bowel syndrome, mental health, migraines, milk, mood, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, pasta, stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, United Kingdom, wheat

In 1980, researchers in England reported a series of women with no evidence of celiac disease (the autoimmune disorder associated with gluten intolerance), who nevertheless resolved their chronic diarrhea on a gluten-free diet. The medical profession was skeptical at......

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