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.

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  • 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?…

    • Toxins

      You should not be adding these foods to your salads anyway. Bacon, fish and mayonnaise are quite harmful foods.
      http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/bacon-and-botulism/
      http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/research-into-reversing-aging/

      • Roy Walker

        What is bad is a carbonated sugar filled drink, or any foods fried in seed oils, and any of the 80% of foods in a supermarket with added sugar/fructose, or an endless diet of modern fructose filled fruit. get rid of seed oils, fast food outlets and the 80% of “healthy foods” with added sugar. Tax these franken foods to the hilt, then use that tax money to subsidise real whole foods.

  • Michael Greger M.D.

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

  • http://www.justbelowthesurface.com Food Freedom

    Hello Dr. We have a problem with high nitrates in oour tap water. Most is agricultural pollution entering our waterways. Does the nitrate in water also turn into nitrosamines in our bodies? If so, is there evidence that mitrates in drinking water produces cancer?

    • Roy Walker

      There is evidence that a high sugar/carb diet, coupled with high fats, and protein is harmful.How to totally ruin good food, take piece of chicken, roll it in flour, then deep fry it at high temperatures in some man manipulated, seed oil, and call that food. roast that same piece of chicken, add some potato and greens, now that is healthy food, and just as tasty, want a little more fat slice some avocado up, or add a little butter to the potato, or pour a little, olive oil over the food. Jeez I should be charging for this common sense advice.

      • Thea

        Roy Walker: I understand why you want to rely on your common sense. But this is why NutritionFacts is so important. “Common sense” comes from our feelings. Our feelings are influenced by information we received when we were growing up, the media messages we get today, culture, etc. Unfortunately, “common sense” is not always a reflection of reality. NutritionFacts brings us the science so that we can improve our understanding of reality / how nutrition affects our health. While your common sense tells you otherwise, we know from a large number of compelling studies that chicken, butter and olive oil (regardless of the form of cooking) are generally unhealthy choices compared to whole plant foods.

        I invite you to use the search box at the top of the NutritionFacts page or look at the “Health Topics” page to learn what the science tells us about each of these foods that you feel good about before knowing the science. Alternatively, check out the Summary videos at the bottom of the home page. That will give you a great overview/starting place.