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Jess Parsons

Vegan burger at McD's - Are we lovin' it?

Jess Parsons | April 30, 2015 | International

Read More: activism, advertising, boycott, childhood obesity, children, cruelty to animals, employment, industry influence, junk food, McDonald's, rainforest, vegan

News flash on the local Auckland vegan network: you can get vegan burgers from McDonald's now! In some very limited outlets, you can use a touchscreen to create your own gourmet burger. Guacamole, mushrooms, tortilla strips, lettuce, tomato and...

Michael Greger MD

Red Dye No. 3 and Thyroid Cancer

Michael Greger MD | April 30, 2015 | Health

Read More: ADHD, artificial colors, cancer, chemotherapy, children, DNA damage, FDA, food additives, food dyes, industry influence, liver cancer, liver disease, liver health, maraschino cherry, mortality, processed foods, red dye #3, thyroid cancer, thyroid disease, thyroid health

Fifteen million pounds of food dyes are sold every year in the U.S. Why? Foods "are artificially colored to make unattractive mixtures of basic ingredients and food additives acceptable to consumers." Food colorings are added to countless processed food...

Michael Greger MD

How to Reduce Exposure to Alkylphenols Through Your Diet

Michael Greger MD | April 28, 2015 | Health

Read More: alkylphenols, allergies, anchovies, animal fat, asthma, biomagnification, breast cancer, breast disease, breast health, breast milk, breastfeeding, cancer, chicken, cod liver oil, eczema, endocrine disruptors, EPA, estrogen, Europe, fat, fish, fish oil, hormones, industrial toxins, infants, Japan, lard, lung disease, lung health, mackerel, memory, milk, persistent organic pollutants, phytoestrogens, plastic, poultry, pregnancy, salmon, seafood, soy, turkey, xenoestrogens

Alkylphenols are industrial chemicals that are found in hair products, spermicides, cleaning products and detergents. They are considered endocrine disruptors. For more information on alkylphenols, check out my video Alkylphenol Endocrine Disruptors and Allergies. Concern about alkylphenols first surfaced...

Chef AJ

Cooking with Dr. Esselstyn

Chef AJ | April 27, 2015

My new TV show, Healthy Living with Chef AJ is now airing on Foody TV. Here is the first episode with Dr. Caldwell B. Esslestyn, Jr....

Janice Stanger, PhD

My Day At the Dark Chocolate Factory

Janice Stanger, PhD | April 26, 2015 | Food

Read More: dark chocolate

Sorting, Sniffing, and Tasting Are All Part of the Job of Making Intense Dark Chocolate Bars Chocolate has always been one of my favorite foods. An allergy to chocolate in childhood was tough for me, and I could sneak only...

Michael Greger MD

Slowing Cognitive Decline with Berries

Michael Greger MD | April 21, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, anthocyanins, antioxidants, berries, blueberries, brain disease, brain health, chronic diseases, cognition, Concord grapes, dementia, evolution, fruit, fruit juice, grape juice, grapes, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, inflammation, memory, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, placebo effect, plant-based diets, polyphenols, strawberries, supplements, vegetables, vitamin C, wrinkles

A plant-based diet is thought to have played a significant role in human evolution and the consumption of whole plant foods and even just extracts have repeatedly been associated with a decreased risk of aging related diseases. And by...

Michael Greger MD

What is 'Meat Glue'?

Michael Greger MD | April 16, 2015 | Health

Read More: American Meat Institute, animal products, animal protein, animal studies, autoimmune diseases, celiac disease, chicken, cost savings, E. coli, E. coli o157:H7, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, fish, food poisoning, foodborne illness, gluten, meat, meat glue, poultry, processed meat, salmon, steak, transglutaminase, turkey

The so-called "meat glue enzyme" transglutaminase is used by the meat industry to add value to meat by gluing together smaller scraps into a larger chunk. And it's not just used to make fake steak--the American Meat Institute estimates...

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Coconut Oil Increases Heart Disease and Death Risk

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | April 15, 2015 | Health

If you do a Google search for "Coconut Oil Health Benefits" over four million results will pop up. Coconut oil has been made out to be a miracle cure for everything from heart disease to Alzheimer's disease in our culture,...

Michael Greger MD

Is Liquid Smoke Safe?

Michael Greger MD | April 14, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal products, artificial flavors, black tea, body fat, broccoli, cancer, carcinogens, chemotherapy, chicken, coffee, cooking methods, cooking temperature, cruciferous vegetables, DNA damage, exercise, fat, fish, fish sauce, green tea, ham, herbal tea, herring, hormesis, liquid smoke, liver disease, liver health, lox, mesquite, mutation, oxidative stress, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, poultry, safety limits, salmon, smoked foods, smoking, stress, tobacco, tumor suppressor genes, turkey, vegetables

We know smoke inhalation isn't good for us, but what about smoke ingestion? Decades ago, smoke flavorings were tested to see if they caused DNA mutations in bacteria--the tests came up negative. Even as more and more smoke flavoring...

Janice Stanger, PhD

The Ultimate Betrayal Investigates Happy Meat

Janice Stanger, PhD | April 11, 2015 | Animals

Read More: happy meat, Hope Bohanec

Hope Bohanec Exposes the Reality Behind Feel-Good Meat Labels Is there any way in which "humane" meat, dairy, or eggs are better - for human health, the environment, or animals? In The Ultimate Betrayal, Hope Bohanec takes on this question....

Michael Greger MD

Does Antioxidant Intake Matter for Stroke and Heart Disease?

Michael Greger MD | April 9, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, animal fat, animal products, antioxidants, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, factory farming practices, farm animals, fat, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, mortality, multivitamins, nutrient synergy, oxidative stress, plant-based diets, poultry, stomach health, stroke, supplements, turkey

In my video Food Antioxidants and Cancer, I talked about how antioxidants from whole plants are associated with lower cancer risk. It turns out that total antioxidant capacity of diet may also be protective against stroke, the world's leading...

Michael Greger MD

Does Antioxidant Intake Matter for Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | April 7, 2015 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, berries, blueberries, cancer, cancer survival, chemotherapy, chronic diseases, DNA damage, fruit, greens, industry influence, lifespan, lymphoma, mortality, multivitamins, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, nutrient synergy, oxidative stress, ranking foods, stomach cancer, stomach health, supplements, USDA, vegetables

The USDA removed their online antioxidant database of foods, "concerned that ORAC values were routinely misused by food and dietary supplement manufacturing companies to promote their products." Indeed, supplement manufacturers got into my-ORAC-is-bigger-than-your-ORAC contests, comparing their pills to the...

Michael Greger MD

Is buying organic worth it? A review of the science in new DVD

Michael Greger MD | April 2, 2015 | Health

Read More: DVD

One of the most common questions I get when I speak is "What do you think about buying organic?" As with any question like this, I first try to gently explain that what I or anyone else thinks doesn't...

Michael Greger MD

Orange Aromatherapy for Anxiety

Michael Greger MD | March 31, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, anxiety, aromatherapy, benzodiazepines, cancer, chemotherapy, citrus, complementary medicine, fragrance, France, fruit, massage, medications, mental health, oranges, plant-based diets, radiation, side effects, skin health, sunlight, Valium

Aromatherapy -- the use of concentrated essential oils extracted from plants to treat disease -- is commonly used to treat anxiety symptoms. Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent class of psychiatric disorders in the general population. However, their treatment...

Michael Greger MD

What's Driving America's Obesity Problem?

Michael Greger MD | March 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: Big Mac, body fat, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, diabetes, Europe, exercise, fast food, fat, french fries, heart disease, heart health, lifespan, low-fat diets, metabolism, nutrition myths, obesity, prediabetes, sexual health, soda, weight loss

Currently, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight. By 2030 it is estimated more than half our population may be clinically obese. Childhood obesity has tripled, and most children will grow up to be overweight as well. The United States...

Janice Stanger, PhD

The Campbell Plan Guides Your Whole Food, Plant-Based Journey

Janice Stanger, PhD | March 23, 2015 | Health

Read More: Dr. Thomas Campbell, The Campbell Plan

Dr. Thomas Campbell Puts You In Charge of Your Own Health As a family physician and coauthor of The China Study, Dr. Thomas Campbell is eminently credible in showing the power of a whole foods, plant-based diet in transforming your...

Michael Greger MD

Food Manufacturers Get to Decide if Their Own Additives Are Safe

Michael Greger MD | March 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, FDA, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, Marion Nestle, mortality, Pepsi, processed foods, safety limits, trans fats, USDA

In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced their plans to all but eliminate trans fats from processed foods, citing a CDC statistic that the elimination of partially hydrogenated oils from the food supply could prevent more than...

Michael Greger MD

Introducing Joseph Gonzales, R.D.

Michael Greger MD | March 17, 2015 | Health

Currently, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight. By 2030 it is estimated more than half our population may be clinically obese. Childhood obesity has tripled, and most children will grow up to be overweight as well. The United States may...

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