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Foods to Eat to Help Prevent Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | October 26, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal products, antioxidants, blood sugar, body fat, bowel movements, breast cancer, cancer, cholesterol, colon disease, colon health, diabetes, estrogen, fatty liver disease, fiber, gut flora, insulin, lipotropes, meat, obesity, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, saturated fat, testosterone, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

Why is meat consumption a risk factor for diabetes? Why does there appear to be a stepwise reduction in diabetes rates as meat consumption drops? Instead of avoiding something in meat, it may be that people are getting something......

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Foods to Avoid to Help Prevent Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | October 24, 2017 | Health

Read More: advanced glycation endproducts, animal fat, animal products, antioxidants, boiling, C-reactive protein, carcinogens, chicken, children, cholesterol, cooking methods, diabetes, eggs, exercise, fat, fish, frying, glycotoxins, heavy metals, heme iron, IGF-1, industrial pollutants, industrial toxins, infants, inflammation, insulin, leucine, meat, nitrosamines, obesity, obesogens, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, poultry, poultry viruses, poultry workers, pregnancy, processed meat, saturated fat, steaming, trans fat, turkey, zoonotic disease

We've known that being overweight and obese are important risk factors for type 2 diabetes, but, until recently, not much attention has been paid to the role of specific foods. I discuss this issue in my video, Why Is......

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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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Fish Consumption and Suicide

Michael Greger MD | September 12, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, Alzheimer's disease, animal fat, animal products, antioxidants, autism, beans, brain disease, brain health, dementia, depression, DHA, EPA, Europe, fat, fish, fruit, Greece, Harvard, industrial toxins, Japan, meat, Mediterranean diet, memory, mental health, mercury, mushrooms, nuts, omega-3 fatty acids, persistent organic pollutants, phytonutrients, red wine, seafood, soy, suicide, vegetables, wine

Depression is a serious and common mental disorder responsible for the majority of suicides. As I've covered in Antioxidants & Depression, intake of fruits, vegetables, and naturally occurring antioxidants have been found to be protectively associated with depression. Therefore,......

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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,......

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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......

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Does Oatmeal Lotion Work?

Michael Greger MD | February 7, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, cancer, cetuximab, chemotherapy, complementary medicine, grains, oatmeal, oats, phytonutrients, rash, skin health

A review in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology notes oatmeal has been used for centuries as a topical soothing agent on the skin to relieve itch and irritation in dermatology. Of course, that was coming from Johnson &......

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Four Ways to Improve on the Mediterranean Diet

Michael Greger MD | January 19, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, antioxidants, beans, beverages, blood pressure, bread, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases, diabetes, fruit, grains, grapes, greens, heart disease, hypertension, Mediterranean diet, nuts, obesity, olive oil, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, red wine, salt, saturated fat, seeds, sodium, stroke, vegetables, wine

The traditional Mediterranean diet can be considered mainly, but not exclusively, as a plant-based diet, and certainly not a whole foods, plant-based diet. Olive oil and wine can be considered essentially fruit juices. Even if one is eating a......

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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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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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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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The Role of Caffeine in Artery Function

Michael Greger MD | August 23, 2016 | Health

Read More: alcohol, antioxidants, beverages, caffeine, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, coffee, cream, exercise, grapes, heart disease, heart health, IGF-1, milk, phytonutrients, prostate cancer, red wine, soda, sweeteners, tea, water, wine

There are dietary guidelines for food, but what about for beverages? A Beverage Guidance Panel was "assembled to provide guidance on the relative health and nutritional benefits and risks of various beverage categories." They ranked them from one to......

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What About All the Sugar in Fruit?

Michael Greger MD | August 9, 2016 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, apples, berries, beverages, blood pressure, blood sugar, bread, fat, fiber, fructose, fruit, fruit juice, glycemic index, high fructose corn syrup, hypertension, insulin, intestinal health, juice, liver disease, liver health, pancakes, phytonutrients, soda, strawberries, sugar, water, weight loss

If the fructose in sugar and high fructose corn syrup has been considered "alcohol without the buzz" in terms of the potential to inflict liver damage, what about the source of natural fructose, fruit? If you compare the effects......

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Why Smoothies are Better Than Juicing

Michael Greger MD | June 9, 2016 | Health

Read More: apple juice, apples, asparagus, bananas, blueberries, bone health, bone mineral density, bowel movements, butyrate, calcium, carob, cholesterol, colon health, diabetes, diarrhea, fiber, fruit, fruit juice, grapes, gut flora, juice, laxatives, Metamucil, onions, phytonutrients, polyphenols, smoothies, stool size, vegetables

Studies such as a recent Harvard School of Public Health investigation found that the consumption of whole fruits is associated with a significantly lower risk of type 2 diabetes, whereas fruit juice consumption is associated with a higher risk,......

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Aluminum Levels in Tea

Michael Greger MD | May 17, 2016 | Health

Read More: aluminum, Alzheimer's disease, antacids, bioavailability, black tea, brain disease, brain health, candy, cans, cheese, dementia, gravy, green tea, heavy metals, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, junk food, kidney failure, oolong tea, phytonutrients, processed foods, safety limits, tea, water, World Health Organization

While aluminum is the third most abundant element on Earth, it may not be good for our brain, something we learned studying foundry workers exposed to particularly high levels. Although the role of aluminum in the development of brain......

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Are Sprouted Lentils Healthier Than Canned Lentils?

Michael Greger MD | May 3, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, Alzheimer's disease, anthocyanins, antioxidants, astrocytes, beans, boiling, brain disease, brain health, breast cancer, cancer, cans, chickpeas, chronic diseases, cognition, cooking methods, dementia, elderly, kale, kidney cancer, legumes, lentils, Lou Gehrig's disease, Parkinson's disease, phenolics, phytonutrients, polyphenols, raw food, split peas, sprouting

Beans, chickpeas, split peas and lentils are packed with nutrients and play a role in the prevention of chronic disease, but most can't be eaten raw. Some can be sprouted, though. Boiling is the most common cooking method, which......

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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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How to Protect Our Telomeres with Diet

Michael Greger MD | April 26, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, animal fats, animal products, antioxidants, athletes, birth defects, bologna, butter, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, dairy, DNA damage, Dr. Dean Ornish, eggs, exercise, fiber, fish, fruit, ham, heart disease, heart health, hot dogs, inflammation, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, meat, meditation, mortality, oxidative stress, palmitic acid, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, processed foods, processed meat, salami, saturated fat, stress, telomeres, vegetables, vitamins, weight loss

In my video, Does Meditation Affect Cellular Aging?, I discussed how stress reduction through meditation might be able to lengthen telomeres, the protective caps at the tips of our chromosomes that tend to deplete as we age. What about......

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Hummus for a Healthy Heart

Michael Greger MD | March 1, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, antioxidants, beans, bone health, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chickpeas, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, DNA damage, heart disease, heart health, legumes, lentils, liver disease, liver health, longevity, obesity, osteoporosis, phytates, phytonutrients, prediabetes, saturated fat, split peas, statins, weight loss

I've talked previously about the anti-diabetic and anti-obesity effects of various phytonutrients in beans, but beans have protective effects on the cardiovascular system as well. As one academic review suggested, plant-specific compounds can have a remarkable impact on the......

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Making Your Own Mouthwash

Michael Greger MD | January 21, 2016 | Health

Read More: amla, antibiotics, antioxidants, antiseptic, beans, cancer, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chlorhexidine, dental health, diabetes, diarrhea, DNA damage, drug residues, forgive to win, grains, green tea, heart disease, heart health, lentils, mouthwash, oral health, oxidative stress, peas, periodontal disease, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, potatoes, prediabetes, side effects, smoking, spices, standard American diet, sugar, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians, vomiting

The effects of a vegetarian diet on systemic diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases have been studied and have revealed predominantly less systemic diseases in those eating plant-based diets. However, there have only been a few studies on......

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Bile Binding Beets

Michael Greger MD | January 19, 2016 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, asparagus, beets, bell peppers, breast cancer, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, carrots, cauliflower, cholesterol, collard greens, cooking methods, cruciferous vegetables, detoxification, eggplant, enzymes, fiber, green beans, heart disease, heart health, kale, mustard greens, okra, oxidative stress, peppers, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, raw food, spinach, steaming, turnips, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

In my video Breast Cancer and Constipation, I discussed how fruits and veggies bind carcinogenic bile acids in our gut. Since bile acids are absorbed back into our systems, they may increase our risk of not only colon cancer......

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How Dark Chocolate Affects Our Arteries

Michael Greger MD | November 5, 2015 | Health

Read More: angiogram, antioxidants, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chocolate, chronic diseases, cocoa, dairy, dark chocolate, Dutched cocoa, fat, heart disease, heart health, Hershey's, industry influence, milk, milk chocolate, mortality, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, soda, sugar

Chocolate: delicious beauty or harmful beast? Or both? Although chocolate products can contain high levels of fat and sugar, the cocoa powder itself may have beneficial effects in a number of chronic disease conditions including heart disease. Flow-mediated dilation,......

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How Do Broccoli Supplements Compare to Sprouts?

Michael Greger MD | November 3, 2015 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, broccoli, broccoli sprouts, Broccomax, cancer, cancer stem cells, cost savings, diabetes, inflammation, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, prediabetes, sprouts, sulforaphane, supplements

Your parents would have been smart to tell you to to "eat your broccoli." But what about broccoli sprouts? Or broccoli supplements? There have been a number of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials on the use of broccoli sprouts......

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Preventing and Treating Colon Cancer with Turmeric Curcumin

Michael Greger MD | October 22, 2015 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, beta carotene, cancer, chemotherapy, Cleveland Clinic, colon cancer, curcumin, curry powder, India, Johns Hopkins University, phytonutrients, polyps, quercitin, red onions, red wine, side effects, smoking, spices, turmeric, vomiting, wine supplements

The low incidence of bowel cancer in India is often attributed to natural antioxidants such as curcumin, the yellow pigment in the spice turmeric, used in curry powder. However, it is important to remember that the benefits of a......

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