Here is a series of videos that will shed light on how to determine what the healthiest diet might be:
How to Decide:
Here are some great insights from Dr Braman (of Lifestylefacts.org) on how one might go about determining what diet advice is sound enough to follow. “Fad-Proof Nutrition” Parts 1 and 2:
As Dr Greger describes, the Paleolithic period, also known as the Stone Age, only goes back about two million years. Humans and other great apes have been evolving for the last 20 million years, starting back in the Miocene era. We hear a lot about the paleolithic diet, but that only represents the last 10 percent of hominoid evolution. What about the first 90 percent? Watch “Lose Two Pounds in One Sitting: Taking the Mioscenic Route” to get a bigger perspective and see how looking further back can inform how we can “Eat the Way Nature Intended.”
These most intimate of ancient human artifacts were often ignored or discarded during many previous archaeological excavations, but careful study of materials painstakingly recovered from human paleofeces says a lot about what ancient human dietary practices were like. “Paleopoo: What We Can Learn from Fossilized Feces”
If there’s one takeaway from our studies of ancestral diets, perhaps it’s that diets based largely on plant foods promote health and longevity. “What’s the Natural Human Diet?”
What are my Options?
What would happen if you centered your diet around vegetables, the most nutrient-dense food group? (…also the Adventist Vegetarians…2 of the Blue Zones) “The Okinawa Diet: Living to 100”
What was it about the diet on the Greek isle of Crete in the 1950s that made it so healthy? “Why was Heart Disease Rare in the Mediterranean”
Does just reducing one’s intake of meat, dairy, and eggs significantly reduce mortality? (…what parts of the Mediterranean Diet are the most healthy?)
“Do Flexitarians Live Longer”
A randomized controlled trial found that a Mediterranean-type diet can dramatically lower the risk of subsequent heart attacks. How does it compare with plant-based diet data? “The Mediterranean Diet or a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet”
Of all the components of a healthy Mediterranean diet, which are associated with a longer lifespan? (…Wine, Olive Oil, Veggies or Nuts?)
“Which Parts of the Mediterranean Diet Extended Life”
What are the four problematic nutritional aspects of even plant-based Mediterranean diets? “Improving on the Mediterranean Diet”
Ingredients to Include:
In this video, Dr Greger looks at 20 different types of foods to see, based on the federal guideline criteria, which foods are the healthiest, and which foods are the least healthy. Watch “What are the Healthiest Food?” to find out.
Check out Dr Greger’s Daily Dozen: a checklist of all the things to try to fit into our daily routine. Watch the video for an introduction, and download the app on your smart-phone to get a great start on a very healthy lifestyle.
Diets to Avoid:
Blood flow within the hearts of those eating low-carb diets was compared to those eating plant-based diets. (…SPECT images after 1 year of Low-Carb vs Vegetarian Diets) “Low-Carb Diets and Coronary Blood Flow”
Harvard study found that men and women eating low carb diets live significantly shorter lives, but what about the “eco-Atkins diet,” a plant-based, low carbohydrate diet? (…is it fat vs carbs or plant vs animal that matters?) “Plant-Based Atkins”
The Paleolithic period represents just the last two million years of human evolution. What did our bodies evolve to eat during the first 90% of our time on Earth? “The Problem with the Paleo Diet Argument”
What About Protein?
How much protein do we really need?
Do vegetarians and vegans get enough protein? (and what about fiber?)
Which type of protein is better for our kidneys?
How does animal protein effect our hormones?
How is eating animal protein similar to smoking cigarettes?
What About Organic?
This video about the “Are the Benefits of Organic Foods Underrated or Overrated?” discussed how worried we should be about eating lots of fruits and vegetables, even if they are not organically grown.
How about “are Organic Foods More Nutritious?” Check out this next video.
And, finally, “Are Organic Foods Safer?”
Can We Do It?
So what could happen if we all decided together to make our communities healthier? It happened in Finland with a simple idea: More Berries and Less Dairies.
For more information about how our lifestyle is both the root cause and also the best treatment option for many of our common chronic health conditions, spend some time on the next page, Lifestyle Diseases.
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