Doctor's Note

In response to a CDC study linking Spam consumption with diabetes, the president of the American Meat Institute recently defended processed meat, stating that "93 percent of human nitrite intake comes from vegetables and human saliva – not from cured meats. If nitrite were the issue, then one would think the vegetables would be the cause of the diabetes, yet no one is suggesting that association." This is the first of the 8 videos on figuring out this apparent conundrum that will close out my 3-week series on the cardioprotective (see Hearts Shouldn’t Skip A Beat) and athletic performance-enhancing benefits (see Doping With Beet Juice) of nitrate-rich vegetables. For a review of the relationship between nitrates and nitrites, see Priming the Proton Pump. So far there have only been a few precautionary notes (see Asparagus Pee). What about this nitrite issue? As I say at the end of the video, stay tuned! In the meantime, I have a few videos on processed meat and hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects that you can check out.

For some context, please check out my associated blog post, Using Greens to Improve Athletic Performance.

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    In response to a CDC study linking Spam consumption with diabetes, the president of the American Meat Institute recently defended processed meat, stating that “93 percent of human nitrite intake comes from vegetables and human saliva – not from cured meats. If nitrite were the issue, then one would think the vegetables would be the cause of the diabetes, yet no one is suggesting that association.” This is the first of the 8 videos on figuring out this apparent conundrum that will close out my 3-week series on the cardioprotective (see Hearts Shouldn’t Skip A Beat) and athletic performance-enhancing benefits (see Doping With Beet Juice) of nitrate-rich vegetables. For a review of the relationship between nitrates and nitrites, see Priming the Proton Pump. So far there have only been a few precautionary notes (see Asparagus Pee). What about this nitrite issue? As I say at the end of the video, stay tuned! In the meantime, I have a few videos on processed meat and hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects that you can check out.

  • LouiseF

    Wow! A good old fashioned cliff hanger, reminiscent of
    who shot J.R! Although, this is much more interesting!
    LouiseF

    • Michael Greger M.D.

      Sorry for all the suspense Louise!

  • LouiseF

    No problem, the wait will be character building.

    On another note, I saw your “Latest in Nutrition DVD Vol. 3″ in the Cocoa Beach Library today. Yea! There is hope for humanity. All libraries should have your dvds.

    Louise F

    • Michael Greger M.D.

      I agree! If anyone wants to approach their local public library with the offer I’d be happy to send them a free set.

  • derbym

    Thank you so much for your website! I spent all last weekend and now this weekend watching your videos and reading your blog. I have been so perplexed and pulled this way and that over nutrition issues. I trust you and feel I have found some sound reasoning in all the chaos. I will be coming here for my research first from now on.

  • mdickerson

    Dr Greger,
    does this mean that I should not eat salad dressing on my salad when I add a meat toppling or bacon bits…No tuna salad topping with mayo?…

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For some context, please check out my associated blog post Using Greens to Improve Athletic Performance!