Heart-Healthy Diet: New Studies

Several recent articles provide new data on which foods are associated with both your health and your longevity. The current issue of JAMA (2017;317(9):912-924).contains a major statistical analysis of the association between diet quality and rat ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | March 18th, 2017
Best Breakfast

For many years I have recommended oatmeal as the ideal breakfast food. It is filling, does not cause a high rise in blood sugar and is an excellent source of soluble fiber. You can enhance the flavor and nutritional value of your oatmeal by adding ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | March 12th, 2017
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

A review of 95 different studies involving two million people shows that just two and a half servings of fruits and vegetables per day is associated with a 16 percent reduced risk of heart disease, an 18 percent reduced risk of stroke, a four perce ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | March 5th, 2017
Which Vegetable Oils Are Best?

For more than 65 years, doctors have told their patients that they could lower blood cholesterol levels and prevent heart attacks and premature death by substituting polyunsaturated fats in plants for saturated fats, primarily those found in animal ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 12th, 2017
Pesticides

Many people who want to follow a high-plant diet are concerned about pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 20,000 farmers and their families are poisoned by pesticides each year, but no studies have shown pesticide poisonin ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 28th, 2017
New Research on TMAO

I have reported before on TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide) that is produced by certain bacteria in your gut when you eat foods that contain lecithin, carnitine and choline, such as meat, eggs and dairy products. High levels of TMAO in the bloodstream ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 22nd, 2017
Convert White Fat Cells into Fat-Burning Brown Fat Cells

In the United States since the end of World War II, there has been an increasing epidemic of obesity and diabetes that has not been slowed by the associated epidemics of: • ineffective popular diets, • countless drugs prescribed by doct ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 13th, 2017
Eat WHOLE Grains, Not Flour

Whole grains are healthful, while refined grains (foods made from flour) can be harmful, particularly if you are overweight or have high blood sugar levels. A recent review of 20 studies, with 2,282,603 participants and 191,979 deaths during the st ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 8th, 2017
Meat and Colon Cancer: New Studies

This week, a study from Spain adds to the evidence that eating any type of meat (red, white processed, cured or organ meat) is associated with increased risk of colon cancer, and that cooking and processing meat increases risk (European Journal of ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 4th, 2016
Vitamin D: Latest Research

A review of studies written since January 2015 shows that you do not benefit from taking high doses of vitamin D or having very high blood levels of that vitamin. The Institute of Medicine recommends that adults need only 600–800 IU of vitami ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | November 27th, 2016
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