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great site with nutritional research information

this is dr greger's new site:

http://nutritionfacts.org/

 

he has many excerpts from his videos here listing the peer reviewed papers that inspired them. this can be a very fine resource for anyone who wants to see what the science research has to say about various topics.

 

(note: we may not agree with some of the findings for various reasons, but this resource is nevertheless very useful due to the variety of topics and greger's fine and delightful  presentation.)

 

also uploaded is the biblio for the 3700+ articles and resources that have gone (so far) into making his dvds and the site. more bibs will follow as they are prepared. the bibs were produced using Pere Constans' excellent open source (gpl3 licensed) cb2bib program.

UPDATE 2013-07-15: greger's site could use some help with your donations to pay for web expenses. you can make your contributions here.

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this week's update from www.nutritionfacts.org

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Thank you so much! This is great! Finally I have something to reply in all discussions with non-vegetarians ;) 

you are most welcome, neuron.

there are a lot of other sources of info on 30bad should you want more ammo. here are a few you may want to look at:

i told you so (and that entire science category)

30badigos (more focused on ar than nutrition, but some fine threads and some debates)

clarity summary (a collection of responses to the silly wapf efforts)

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prad

here's a good one to use against those who try to use the greater longevity argument:

people live longer these days than in the past and it must be because they eat meat.

(this argument btw is a false cause fallacy)

greger's video reveals:

Americans Are Living Longer but Sicker Lives

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prad

here is greger's weekly notice. i'll post these as i get them even though some items may have no relevance to most people here.

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Weekly Video Digest

Aug 03, 2012 07:22 am | Michael Greger M.D.


A Better Way to Boost Serotonin

Contrary to popular belief, the consumption of animal foods may actually decrease tryptophan levels in the brain. Carbohydrates, on the other hand, can boost transport across the blood-brain barrier, which has been used to explain premenstrual cravings.
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Aug 02, 2012 07:36 am | Michael Greger M.D.


The Wrong Way to Boost Serotonin

Tryptophan is the precursor to the "happiness hormone" serotonin, so why not take tryptophan supplements to improve mood and relieve symptoms of depression?
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Aug 01, 2012 07:05 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Human Neurotransmitters in Plants

The consumption of certain fruits is suggested as a potential treatment for depression given the presence of psychoactive neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and melatonin in many plant foods.
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Jul 31, 2012 07:21 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Mineral of the Year—Magnesium

Despite promising autopsy and population data suggesting that inadequate magnesium intake is a risk factor for sudden cardiac death, it wasn't until recently that this was demonstrated in prospective studies.
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Jul 30, 2012 07:11 am | Michael Greger M.D.


How Do Nuts Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death?

Most men and women who die of heart disease, our #1 killer, die suddenly without any known history of heart problems. Nut consumption, however, has been associated specifically with decreased risk of sudden cardiac death, which may be due to magnesium, a mineral found predominantly in whole grains, greens, beans, nuts and seeds.
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Aug 10, 2012 07:12 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Nuts and Bolts of Cholesterol Lowering

A pooled analysis of studies on nut consumption, cholesterol levels, and risk of death from heart disease show extraordinary benefits, suggesting we should eat nuts every day.
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Aug 09, 2012 07:24 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Diet Versus Drugs for High Cholesterol

Though official recommendations are to first treat high cholesterol with dietary change, many physicians jump right to cholesterol-lowering medications such as statins that can have an array of adverse side effects.
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Aug 08, 2012 07:08 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Black Versus English Walnuts

A dramatic difference exists between the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of black walnuts versus English walnuts.
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Aug 07, 2012 07:16 am | Michael Greger M.D.


The True Shelf-Life of Cooking Oils

Cooking oil manufacturer "best-by" dates are put to the test by comparing the development of rancidity between almond oil, avocado oil, hazelnut oil, macadamia oil, grape seed oil, rice bran oil, toasted sesame oil, and walnut oil.
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Aug 06, 2012 07:28 am | Michael Greger M.D.


The Best Way to Boost Serotonin

The secret to naturally boosting serotonin levels in the brain may include eating foods such as pumpkin seeds with a high tryptophan to total protein ratio. This may help explain why studies show that those eating plant-based diets have superior mood states.
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Aug 17, 2012 07:26 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Nuts and Obesity: The Weight of Evidence

Ninety percent of the published studies on the matter suggest that nut consumption does not lead to weight gain.
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Aug 16, 2012 07:36 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Optimal Phytosterol Source

Whole food sources of phytosterols, such as seeds and nuts, are likely superior to supplements or phytosterol-fortified spreads and beverages.
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Aug 15, 2012 07:31 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Optimal Phytosterol Dose

Those eating plant-based diets get the most phytosterols, but there is still room for improvement to maximize cholesterol reduction.
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Aug 14, 2012 07:14 am | Michael Greger M.D.


How Phytosterols Lower Cholesterol

Phytosterols are plant-based cholesterol look-alikes in nuts and seeds that help maximize our body’s excretion of excess cholesterol.
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Aug 13, 2012 07:13 am | Michael Greger M.D.


How Fiber Lowers Cholesterol

Fiber bulks, speeds, and dilutes the intestinal waste stream to facilitate the removal of excess cholesterol from the body.
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Aug 24, 2012 07:42 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Fat Burning Via Arginine

The arginine content of nuts may explain their metabolism boosting effects, though in a list of the top food sources of arginine, nuts don't even make the top ten.
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Aug 23, 2012 07:37 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Testing the Fat Burning Theory

Finally there’s a solution to the mystery of why nuts don't seem to make people gain weight. It appears to be a combination of factors including a boost to our metabolism, which results in us burning more of our own fat stores.
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Aug 22, 2012 07:48 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Testing the Dietary Compensation Theory

An elegant study is presented testing the appetite-suppressing effects of walnuts.
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Aug 21, 2012 07:46 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Testing the Pistachio Principle

If the fecal fat losses associated with undigested pieces of nuts (due to inadequate chewing) and the tedium of shelling them in the first place helps account for why nuts don't tend to lead to weight gain, then studies on nut butters would presumably turn out differently.
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Aug 20, 2012 07:49 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Solving the Mystery of the Missing Calories

A few theories have been proposed as to why nuts don't appear to contribute to weight gain, including the "pistachio principle" and the fecal excretion theory.
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How Fiber Lowers Cholesterol

 
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Aug 31, 2012 07:17 am | Michael Greger M.D.


The Ice Diet

The water content of plant foods may help explain why those eating plant-based diets are, on average, so slim. Can ice be thought of as having even "fewer" calories than water since the body has to warm it up?

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Aug 30, 2012 06:49 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Tipping Firmicutes to Bacteroidetes

Certain phytonutrients may tip the balance of healthy gut bacteria in favor of flora associated with improved weight control.

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Aug 29, 2012 06:57 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Boosting Good Bacteria in the Colon Without Probiotics

Certain good bacteria in our gut can turn the fiber we eat into an anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer compound called butyrate that we absorb back into our system. We may be able to boost the number of butyrate-producing bacteria by eating a plant-based diet.

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Aug 28, 2012 06:23 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Fawning Over Flora

The good bacteria in our gut can digest the fiber we eat and turn it into an anti-obesity compound called propionate that we absorb back into our system.

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Aug 27, 2012 06:29 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Fat Burning Via Flavonoids

Flavonoid phytonutrients (found concentrated in citrus, berries, red onions, beans, green tea, grapes, and cocoa) may boost metabolism enough to significantly slim one's waistline.

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be sure to look at the cattlemen's beef where you'll see desperation at its finest. :D

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Sep 07, 2012 07:01 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Tightening the Bible Belt

Researchers set out to replicate the "Daniel Fast," the biblical nutrition trial outlined in Daniel 1:8-16.

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Sep 06, 2012 06:53 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Waist Circumference Less Than Half Your Height

Waist-to-height ratio may be a better predictor of disease than body mass index.

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Sep 05, 2012 07:11 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Cattlemen’s Association Has Beef With Study

Meat consumption is not only associated with weight gain, but specifically abdominal obesity, which is the most metabolically concerning.

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Sep 04, 2012 06:27 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Meat and Weight Gain in the PANACEA Study

In one of the largest nutrition studies ever, total meat consumption was significantly associated with weight gain in men and women, and the link remained even after controlling for calories.

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Sep 03, 2012 06:59 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Diet vs. Exercise for Weight Loss

When asked whether food and beverage consumption or physical activity was more important, the majority of people get the answer wrong.

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check out the daniel fast!

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Sep 14, 2012 06:33 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Slimming the Gecko

A workplace dietary intervention study at GEICO corporate headquarters demonstrates the power of plant-based eating.

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Sep 13, 2012 06:52 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Extra Virgin Olive Oil vs. Nuts

The short-term effect of replacing refined olive oil with extra virgin olive oil, walnuts, or almonds on cardiovascular risk factors.

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Sep 12, 2012 05:48 am | Michael Greger M.D.


To Snack or Not to Snack?

A review of the best available science examining the impact of eating frequency on both weight and health.

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Sep 11, 2012 07:37 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Diet Pills Do a Fat Lot of Good

Common slimming supplements are found to be ineffective, whereas a diet centered on whole plant foods is described as perhaps the safest approach to weight control.

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Sep 10, 2012 07:21 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Biblical Daniel Fast Put to the Test

Within a matter of weeks, participants placed on the vegan diet outlined by the prophet Daniel experienced improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol and insulin levels, insulin resistance, and C-reactive protein levels, a marker of inflammation within the body.

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Cattlemen’s Association Has Beef With Study
Meat and Weight Gain in the PANACEA Study
Diet vs. Exercise for Weight Loss

 
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Sep 21, 2012 07:35 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Prostate vs. Plants

All men should consider eating a prostate-healthy diet, which includes legumes (beans, peas, lentils, soy); certain vegetables (like garlic and onions); certain seeds (flax seeds); and the avoidance of refined grains, eggs, and poultry.

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Sep 20, 2012 07:32 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Some Prostates Are Larger than Others

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH—an enlarged prostate gland—affects 80% of older men, but like many other Western chronic diseases it appears to be a consequence of our diet.

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Sep 19, 2012 07:25 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Is It the Diet, the Exercise, or Both?

Whose blood is better at killing cancer cells? People who eat a standard diet and exercise strenuously or those who eat a plant-based diet and just exercise moderately?

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Sep 18, 2012 07:41 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Ex Vivo Cancer Proliferation Bioassay

Two weeks on a plant-based diet appears to significantly enhance cancer defenses against breast cancer and colon cancer cells. The blood of those eating a vegan diet for a year suppresses cancer cell growth nearly eight times better.

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Sep 17, 2012 06:37 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Engineering a Cure

Lifestyle medicine pioneer Nathan Pritikin, who reversed his own heart disease through diet and went on to help millions of others, wasn't a doctor or dietician but an engineer.

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Sep 28, 2012 05:45 am | Michael Greger M.D.


How Plant-Based to Lower IGF-1?

Those eating vegan had significantly lower IGF-1 levels and higher IGF binding proteins than those just eating vegetarian, suggesting that the more plant-based one's diet becomes, the lower ones risk of fueling growth hormone dependent cancer growth.

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Sep 27, 2012 07:36 am | Michael Greger M.D.


The Answer to the Pritikin Puzzle

Lower cancer rates among those eating a plant-based diet may be a result of reduced blood levels of IGF-1 and enhanced production of IGF-1 binding protein.

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Sep 26, 2012 07:28 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Cancer-Proofing Mutation

Congenital IGF-1 deficiency can lead to Laron Syndrome (a type of dwarfism), but with such low growth hormone levels those with the condition have dramatically lower cancer rates. This raises the question of whether one can achieve the best of both worlds by ensuring adequate IGF-1 levels during childhood while then suppressing excess growth promotion in adulthood.

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Sep 25, 2012 07:40 am | Michael Greger M.D.


IGF-1 as One-Stop Cancer Shop

Insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) is a natural human growth hormone instrumental in normal growth during childhood, but in adulthood can promote abnormal growth—the proliferation, spread (metastasis), and invasion of cancer.

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Sep 24, 2012 07:09 am | Michael Greger M.D.


Prostate vs. a Plant-Based Diet

Eating a plant-based diet may protect against BPH (benign prostatic hypertrophy, an enlarged prostate).

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