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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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How Many Minutes of Daily Meditation to Combat Stress?

Michael Greger MD | April 21, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, beans, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, DNA damage, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, fat, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, longevity, meditation, plant-based diets, prostate cancer, stress, telomeres, vegetables

In the film The Holiday, Cameron Diaz exclaims "Severe stress ... causes the DNA in our cells to shrink until they can no longer replicate." Did Hollywood get the science right? The enzyme that builds and maintains the caps......

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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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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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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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Starch-Blocking Foods for Diabetics?

Michael Greger MD | December 29, 2015 | Health

Read More: acarbose, alternative medicine, American Diabetes Association, amylase, arsenic, beans, black beans, blood sugar, Canada, chickpeas, colon health, complementary medicine, diabetes, dietary guidelines, Europe, grains, green beans, insulin, kidney beans, legumes, Lifestyle medicine, liver disease, liver health, medications, peanuts, peas, pinto beans, Precose, prediabetes, rice, side effects, soybeans, vegetables

How did doctors treat diabetes before insulin? Almost a thousand medicinal plants are known antidiabetic agents, including beans, most of which have been used in traditional medicine. Of course, just because something has been used for centuries doesn't mean......

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Which Works Better: Adding Beans or Portion Control?

Michael Greger MD | December 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, beans, blood pressure, blood sugar, caloric restriction, calories, chickpeas, diabetes, legumes, lentils, metabolic syndrome, navy beans, obesity, peas, prediabetes, split peas

People who eat the most legumes appear to only have a fraction of the risk for a type of prediabetes known as metabolic syndrome. Legumes are beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils. In one studyout of Iran, people who......

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Which Nut Suppresses Cancer Cell Growth the Most?

Michael Greger MD | December 22, 2015 | Health

Read More: almonds, antioxidants, beans, brazil nuts, breast cancer, broccoli, cancer, cashews, colon cancer, corn, cranberries, fibrocystic breast disease, fruits, garlic, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, hazelnuts, lemons, lentils, liver cancer, macadamia nuts, mortality, nuts, oranges, oxidative stress, pancreatic cancer, peanut butter, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, soybeans, vegetables, vitamin C, walnut oil, walnuts

People who eat nuts in their adolescence may have a better chance of fighting off breast cancer later in life, according to data from the Harvard Nurse's Study. A follow-up study involving the daughters of the nurses corroborated the......

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Where are the Lowest Rates of Alzheimer's in the World?

Michael Greger MD | November 12, 2015 | Health

Read More: Africa, African-American, Alzheimer's disease, animal fat, animal products, Asia, beans, cholesterol, dementia, Europe, grains, India, iron, LDL cholesterol, low-carb diets, meat, Nigeria, plant-based diets, rice, saturated fat, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

The rates of dementia differ greatly around the world, from the lowest rates in Africa, India, and South Asia, to the highest rates in Western Europe and especially North America. Is it all just genetics? Well, the incidence of......

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How to Reduce Your Dietary Cadmium Absorption

Michael Greger MD | October 20, 2015 | Health

Read More: air pollution, animal products, antioxidants, beans, breast cancer, cadmium, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cognition, diabetes, eggs, fiber, grains, heart disease, heart health, heavy metals, junk food, lead, meat, mercury, nuts, omnivores, organ meats, oxidative stress, phytates, plant-based diets, poultry, seafood, Slovakia, smoking, supplements, Sweden, turkey, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, zinc

Cadmium is known as a highly toxic metal that represents a major hazard to human health. It sticks around in our body for decades because our body has no efficient way to get rid of it and may contribute......

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Where Do You Get Your Fiber?

Michael Greger MD | September 28, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, beans, blood pressure, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, dairy, diabetes, dietary guidelines, eggs, fat, fiber, fish, flexitarians, folate, foodborne illness, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, junk food, meat, metabolic syndrome, obesity, omnivores, phytonutrients, plant protein, plant-based diets, prediabetes, protein, saturated fat, standard American diet, steak, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C

Vegetarians and vegans are all too familiar with the question: Where do you get your protein? Well, we can finally put to rest the question of whether vegetarians get enough protein thanks to a large study that compared the......

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How Plants Can be Both Safer and More Effective

Michael Greger MD | September 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, aspirin, asthma, beans, calcium, cancer, chronic diseases, complementary medicine, cost savings, curcumin, FDA, fruit, genital health, genital warts, grains, green tea, hypertension, industry influence, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, medications, pain, spices, turmeric, vegetables

During the last decade, the drug industry has followed an assumption that a single drug hitting a single target was the "rational" way to design drugs. We're learning that Mother Nature may be a bit too complicated for that.......

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Dr. Greger's 2015 Live Year-in-Review Presentation

Michael Greger MD | August 4, 2015 | Health

Read More: acne, Advanced Glycation End-products, Adventist Health Studies, Africa, African Americans, aging, alcohol, algae, ALS, Alzheimer's disease, AMA, American College of Cardiology, American Diabetes Association, ammonia, amputations, animal fat, animal products, animal protein, antioxidants, arthritis, bacon, beans, beef, biomagnification, blindness, BMAA, body fat, bone fractures, bone health, brain disease, brain health, breast cancer, C-reactive protein, California, California Raisin Marketing Board, cancer, candy, carcinogens, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cataracts, CDC, cereal, cheese, chicken, chickpeas, China, cholesterol, choline, chronic diseases, colon caner, colon health, dairy, DASH diet, deli meat, dementia, diabetes, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Frank Sacks, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Walter Kempner, dried fruit, eggs, elderly, energy, estrogen, Europe, exercise, eye disease, eye health, farm animals, feed additives, fiber, Finland, fish, Framingham Heart Study, France, fruit, galactose, glycotoxins, grains, greens, ham, heart disease, heart health, heme iron, hepatitis, high blood pressure, hormones, hot dogs, hypertension, IGF-1, industrial pollutants, industrial toxins, industry influence, infants, inflammation, insulin, iron, joint disease, junk food, kidney failure, lentils, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, liver health, Lou Gehrig's disease, low-carb diets, lung cancer, McDonald's, McDonalds, meat, Meatless Mondays, medical education, medications, Mediterranean diet, methionine, milk, mortality, National Confectioners Association, neurotoxins, nitrosamines, nuts, oils, organochlorines, osteoarthritis, ovarian cancer, oxidative stress, oysters, Parkinson's disease, persistent organic pollutants, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, prediabetes, pregnancy, processed foods, prostate cancer, protein, red wine, rheumatoid arthritis, safety limits, saturated fat, seafood, seeds, sleep, smoking, soda, split peas, standard American diet, steroids, stroke, Surgeon General, surgery, Sweden, tobacco, turkey, twins, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer, veal, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vision, weight loss, wine, women's health, World Health Organization

View my new live presentation here: Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating the Most Dreaded Diseases with Diet Every year I scour the world's scholarly literature on clinical nutrition, pulling together what I find to be the most interesting,......

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Why Deep Fried Foods May Cause Cancer

Michael Greger MD | July 21, 2015 | Health

Read More: acrylamide, beans, breast cancer, cabbage, cancer, cancer survival, carcinogens, chicken, children, cooking methods, doughnuts, endometrial cancer, endometrial health, esophageal cancer, esophageal health, Europe, fish, french fries, frying, greens, heterocyclic amines, industry influence, inflammation, kidney cancer, legumes, lung cancer, men's health, oils, oral cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, potato chips, poultry, prostate cancer, sweet potatoes, throat cancer, turkey, vitamin C, women's health

In the latest study on dietary patterns and breast cancer risk among women, healthier eating was associated with eliminating three-quarters of the odds of breast cancer, whereas less healthy eating was associated with up to nearly eight times the......

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Treating Asthma With Plants vs. Pills

Michael Greger MD | July 7, 2015 | Health

Read More: allergies, antioxidants, apples, asthma, beans, berries, broccoli, children, citrus, flax seeds, fruit, grapes, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, herbs, inflammation, Japan, lung disease, lung health, nuts, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, polyphenols, protein, respiratory infections, salads, soy, sugar, supplements, tea, tomatoes, vegetables, vitamin C, vitamin E

In my video Treating Asthma With Fruits and Vegetables, I highlighted a landmark study on manipulating antioxidant intake in asthma. The study found that just a few extra fruits and vegetables a day can powerfully reduce asthma exacerbation rates.......

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Our Tax Dollars Subsidize Unhealthy Foods

Michael Greger MD | June 25, 2015 | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, animal products, beans, chicken, Coca-Cola, corn, corn syrup, cost savings, dairy eggs, empty calories, factory farming practices, Farm Bill, farmers, feed additives, fish, fruit, grains, industry influence, marketing, meat, Medicare, milk, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Dairy Council, National Pork Producers Council, pork, poultry, seafood, soda, soy, standard American diet, subsidies, sugar, tobacco, turkey, vegetables

Why do food companies sell junk? Because unhealthy commodities are highly profitable. This is in part because of their "low production cost, long shelf-life, and high retail value," which create perverse incentives for industries to market and sell more......

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Living Longer by Reducing Leucine Intake

Michael Greger MD | June 16, 2015 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, aging, animal products, animal protein, apples, beans, cabbage, California, caloric restriction, chicken, China Study, cholesterol, dairy, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, eggs, enzymes, fish, fruit, grains, IGF-1, Japan, LDL cholesterol, leucine, lifespan, longevity, meat, mood, mortality, plant protein, plant-based diets, poultry, protein, rapamycin, side effects, standard American diet, TOR, turkey, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

Many studies have shown that calorie restriction, without malnutrition, can increase lifespan and lower the risk of age-related diseases, such as cancer. However, for many people, calorie restriction clearly has its drawbacks. In the classic Minnesota Starvation Study, many......

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Phytates in Beans: Anti-Nutrient or Anti-Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | May 28, 2015 | Health

Read More: antinutrients, beans, breast cancer, breast health, calcium, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chemotherapy, colon cancer, colon health, diabetes, fiber, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, kidney health, kidney stones, low-fat diets, metastases, mortality, National Cancer Institute, nuts, osteoporosis, phytates, phytic acid, polyps, prediabetes, seeds, side effects, vegetables, vitamins, women's health

In my videos, Phytates in the Prevention of Cancer and Phytates for Rehabilitating Cancer Cells, I described how phytates in beans may be the reason why legumes are so successful in preventing cancer and re-educating cancer cells. What about......

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Colon Cancer Prevention: Is it the Fiber or the Phytates?

Michael Greger MD | May 21, 2015 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, animal products, antinutrients, antioxidants, beans, cancer, chicken, chickpeas, colon cancer, colon health, DNA damage, Dr. Denis Burkitt, fiber, fish, grains, iron, lentils, meat, nuts, oxidative stress, phytates, phytic acid, plant-based diets, poultry, processed foods, red meat, split peas, standard American diet, turkey, Uganda, vegans, vegetarians, white meat

Dietary factors are considered the most important environmental risk factors for cancer. Within recent years, a large number of naturally occurring health-enhancing substances of plant origin known as phytonutrients have been recognized to have beneficial effects on certain cancers.......

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Don't Forget Fiber

Michael Greger MD | February 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: Africa, animal fat, animal products, beans, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, corn, dietary guidelines, Dr. Denis Burkitt, fiber, heart disease, heart health, Japan, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, mortality, Native Americans, plant-based diets, processed foods, salt, squash, standard American diet, stool size, sugar, vegans, vegetarians

The famous surgeon Denis Burkitt is better known for his discovery of a childhood cancer now known as Burkitt's lymphoma than for his 1979 international bestseller, Don't Forget the Fibre in Your Diet. Anyone asked to list the twenty......

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Add Beans, Berries, and Greens to More Meals

Michael Greger MD | December 11, 2014 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, apples, bananas, beans, beef, berries, beverages, blueberries, carrots, chicken, cucumbers, dates, dietary guidelines, fish, fruit, green tea, ham, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, kidney beans, lettuce, meat, oregano, oxidative stress, peaches, peas, pork, poultry, seafood, sleep, smoking, spices, standard American diet, tea, tobacco, turkey, vegetables, watermelon

After we eat, our bodies create free radicals in the process of breaking down our food. That's why we need to eat antioxidant-rich foods with every meal to counteract this oxidation caused by metabolism. We can't just have berries......

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How to Get Enough Antioxidants Each Day

Michael Greger MD | December 4, 2014 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, apples, bananas, beans, beef, berries, beverages, blueberries, carrots, chicken, cucumbers, dates, dietary guidelines, fish, fruit, green tea, ham, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, kidney beans, lettuce, meat, oregano, oxidative stress, peaches, peas, pork, poultry, seafood, sleep, smoking, spices, standard American diet, tea, tobacco, turkey, vegetables, watermelon

We need to get a daily minimum of 8-11,000 antioxidant units a day in our food just to stay out of oxidative debt (see my video on The Reason We Need More Antioxidants). To reach that minimum, all we......

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