Doctor's Note

Also check out: Plant-Based Atkins Diet

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out the other videos on avocado as well as breast cancer. Also, there are 1,449 subjects covered in my other videos–please feel free to explore them!

For more context, check out my associated blog post, Stool Size and Breast

See tomorrow's video Are Avocados Bad for You? and the follow-up Any update on the scary in vitro avocado data?

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out the other videos on avocado as well as breast cancer. Also, there are 1,449 subjects covered in my other videos–please feel free to explore them!

    • Lilly

      Why does the Gerson therapy recommend low fat foods. Avacados are on their forbidden list because of the fat content.

  • maybush1

    So, I assume that since avocado persin “rips cancer cell’s chromosomes apart from limb to limb” and that it does so in “normal cells, too” that avocados are NOT good for you? My poor avocados! Must I really say goodbye?

    • Michael Greger M.D.

      Unholy guacamole? Don’t shoot the messenger! The ending is just a preview of Monday’s continuation of the avocado story and there is indeed some concerning data. Let me know if you have any followup questions after watching part 2.

      • SMO404

        This is truly a cliff-hanger!! :-) I love my avocados so I’m really going to lose sleep this weekend until part 2 comes out. (Great site by the way!) :-)

        • Kmbrly

          Me too! I was literally eating avocado on (whole grain) toast as I watched this video – feeling quite smug that of course the answer would be a resounding YES! Avocados are absolutely good for you!

          What should I do with the other half of my avocado? How can I possibly wait until Monday to find out??

      • Duane Crickmore

        Does a avacodes have mercury in them? I get real sick when I eat anything made with them, no, bad!

  • SArmstrong

    Bim-dependent apoptosis?? Man, I love it when that happens to cancer cells…….

  • Chris Brogan

    My cholesterol came in at 239, HDL 81 and LDL 160.  I eat mostly fruits, vegies, nuts, and fish.  I also exercise at least 3 times a week.  At 5’9″ 128 lbs, I feel in great health.  If I completely cut out the occasional piece of cake (about 3-4 times a year), will that lower my cholesterol?

    • http://www.DonForresterMD.com/ Don Forrester MD

       In my clinical experience it isn’t the occasional stuff that gets us in trouble and it would depend of course on the recipe for the cake (e.g. vegan vs non-vegan). To lower your cholesterol you need to avoid all animal products as they all contain cholesterol. Avoid all saturated fat which the body makes into cholesterol. Saturated fat is found in all animal products plus processed oils and is even higher in some plant foods such as coconut oil than in butter see http://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-coconut-oil-good-for-you/. It is somewhat complicated see http://nutritionfacts.org/video/extra-virgin-olive-oil/ and the other videos on saturated fats plus the videos on Omega 3’s.  So the first step in your diet would be to stop the fish… see any of Dr. Greger’s 60 videos for reasons to avoid fish from the cholesterol and saturated fat to toxic chemicals  such as mercury to carcinogens such as dioxin to other substances such as medications. The exercise is helpful in many respects but has a minor effect on cholesterol about a 1-5% reduction depending on amount. Dr. John McDougall has information on his website under Hot Topics which you might find interesting and useful. It is important to work with your physicians for further modifications.Good luck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angela-Banks/100001388127437 Angela Banks

    I AM LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE FOOD THAT IS GOD FOR YOUR HEALTH AND ITS IN ARE STORES
     

  • bee

    How much avocado would a person need to eat for it to be harmful?

    Are there ANY foods that u recommend people focus their diet on?  lol

  • susano22

    so am I to take from this that limiting the intake of guacamole should be observed? I am so vexed by this whole diet thing. I gave up white refined anything, grain, starchy root veggies, fast food (which I never really ate anyway) I eat organic at every turn, lots of veggies and yet I still seem to have digestive issues both upper and lower and have sneaking suspicion that I am suffering from some sort of inflammatory condition. I did not give up alcohol and have 2 drinks a day, mostly wine and 2 cups of 1/2 caf a day as well. Those are my only vices…… where do I go from here eradicate what feels like acid indigestion…. I tried all the ppi’s to no avail except having to wean off…..

  • Roberto

    Hi Doctor, my name is Roberto. I am a fruit and vegetable consumer and I generally don’t eat meat or dairy. I eat plenty of avocado howerver. I was wondering, should I stop eating avocado?

  • Pam

    Not very happy as I have been eating them almost daily for over a year and love them!!!! What’s a girl to do?

  • David/Nutritarian

    I would like your thoughts on Avocado Seeds!!!!! http://www.realfarmacy.com/avocado-seeds-superfoods-health/

  • drew4021

    Hello Dr Greger, I’ve heard that the Avocado seed is also good blended in a smoothie for example. What are your thoughts on this?

  • Howard

    Howard Johnson 41 minutes ago
    I’ve been asked to post this again so here it is:

    Howard Johnson 1 hour ago
    How about eating avocado pits? Blending The Avocado Pit = Scrubbing Your Arteries https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghBJHwC-H3k Blending the pit of an avocado to clear out the digestive track! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXuthHmm2O8 Please disregard the fact that she is hiding behind a lot of hair
    I’ve been asked to post this again so here it is: Howard Johnson 1 hour ago How about eating avocado pits? Blending The Avocado Pit = Scrubbing Your Arteries https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghBJHwC-H3k Blending the pit of an avocado to clear out the digestive track! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXuthHmm2O8 Please disregard the fact that she is hiding behind a lot of hair
    Read more Show less
    Reply · 1

    ▼ Edit Remove this comment

    Howard Johnson 2 hours ago
    How about eating avocado pits?

    Blending The Avocado Pit = Scrubbing Your Arteries
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghBJHwC-H3k

    Blending the pit of an avocado to clear out the digestive track!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXuthHmm2O8

    Please disregard the fact that she is hiding behind a lot of hair

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      Yay! Thanks for reposting. I do not see any research supporting the inclusion of avocado pits in the diet. Eating avocados on the other hand offer some nutritional benefits. There are so many foods that can help “clear” the digestive tract and “scrub” arteries. Eating the pits of any fruit is probably not a good idea. Folks have tried doing this with apricots, here, and found no benefit only concerns about side effects.

  • duck-duck-goose

    It is interesting to note that our ancestors ate lots of butter, grains, eggs, red meat, potatoes, milk,etc. regularly and worked hard physically; most grew their own veggies and fruit (or picked wild, including wild greens), butchered their own meats (or they traded with their neighbors), and MOST lived well into their late 90’s.The old folks did NOT eat fast foods, convenience foods, nor store bought processed foods. About the only soda they had was birch beer and root beer(homemade);they drank switchel(a mainstay on the table before pop). They canned or dried their own food or stored it in root cellars, and predominantly ate what was in season -they didn’t get tropical fruits, as they were not available unless one lived in the tropics. They did NOT go to doctors unless absolutely necessary(broken bones IF they couldn’t set the bones themselves, etc.);cancer was RARE. Prior to that, mankind was the hunter/gatherer- and there were no doctors, and they lived a long life. It was only after doctors started doing business that the life span was greatly reduced to 40 yrs. Disagree? Here’s a fact: when the drs. when on strike in L.A. yrs ago, the death count went DOWN; when they went back to work, it went back UP! All this diet hoopla is just that…HOOPLA! Purify your soil by growing
    sunflowers one yr., then, fortify it with soy beans the next yr., and get growing! Stop worrying
    about these excessive crazies who use you all as guinea pigs to
    ‘support’ faulty ‘research’. Remember the whole egg scam? Or how about the milk scam? They ‘later found out” that eggs do NOT have harmful cholesterol, and the fat in milk was actually beneficial (without it, people tended to ‘make up for it’ by eating lots of the wrong things which caused obesity). Can’t you all see the manipulation in these ‘experts’ who claim to know what’s good for you? Your BODIES know what they need, hence the cravings.