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Blog Archive for April 2016

Debunking the Paleo Myth

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016   Dr. Neal Barnard   food trends


Christina Warinner, Ph.D., co-director of the laboratories of molecular anthropology and microbiome research and assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, will debunk the Paleo diet at the Physicians Committee’s International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine on July 29-30, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

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Protein Demand Is Destroying the Planet

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016   Dr. Neal Barnard   protein


In 90 percent of the world’s countries and territories, people eat more protein than they need, according to a new report. In the United States, 21 percent of adults consider themselves protein deficient. But in reality, the average American exceeds estimated daily protein requirements by nearly 70 percent.

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Prevention Over Pharmaceuticals

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016   Dr. Neal Barnard   industry influence


The pressure is on in the pharmaceutical world, after Eli Lilly announced that its new cholesterol-lowering drug failed to prevent heart disease. The drug—which was pulled from clinical trials in October—had looked promising: It lowered patients’ LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, while boosting their HDL (“good”) cholesterol numbers. But as the trial went on, patients continued to suffer from heart attacks at the same rate as a placebo group.

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Diabetes Here I Come

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016   Dr. Neal Barnard   diabetes, type 2 diabetes


Diabetes here I come.” Controversy quickly brewed this week after a Starbucks barista wrote those four words on a customer’s grande white mocha. But rather than put those words on a specialty coffee, let’s put them where they really belong. With 422 million adults worldwide living with diabetes, I’d like to see the blunt warning on packaging for the most diabetogenic foods exacerbating this global epidemic.

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Keep Hot Dogs Off Your Plate this Baseball Season

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016   Dr. Neal Barnard   processed meat


This week, Major League Baseball teams are celebrating Opening Day—and kicking off a season of increased colorectal cancer risk for baseball fans. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, baseball fans are expected to eat more than 19 million hot dogs during the 2016 season. But even eating just one hot dog a day can increase the risk of colorectal cancer, which kills more than 50,000 Americans per year.

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Alec Baldwin’s Radical Nutrition Plan: Replace Meal Replacement Bars

Friday, Apr 01, 2016   Dr. Neal Barnard   other


Hooked on meal replacement bars? Alec Baldwin has revolutionary nutrition advice for you:

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