Doctor's Note

Reminds me of the story of that weight loss drug with the embarrassing side effects (in my video Milk Protein vs. Soy Protein). Whether the risks of surgery outweigh the risks of obesity may not be relevant, since there is a third option, life-long adherence to a healthy diet. See my 25 videos on obesity and hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects.

For some context, please check out my associated blog post, The Best Detox.

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Reminds me of the story of that weight loss drug with the embarrassing side effects (in my video Milk Protein vs. Soy Protein). Whether the risks of surgery outweigh the risks of obesity may not be relevant, since there is a third option, life-long adherence to a healthy diet. See my 25 videos on obesity and hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects.

  • scorpiomoon

    Hi Dr. Greger!

    Tonight, I found your site and watched many of your previous videos. In past videos, you talk about coconut oil and coconut milk, but I have a question about coconut water.

    I have seen several health experts talk about the benefits of coconut water that comes straight from a young Thai coconut. However, I have read conflicting information about the coconut water one can get in packages (such as Vita CoCo).

    Obviously packaged coconut water is pasteurized and not as good as fresh, so from that perspective it isn’t as beneficial. The thing I am wondering about is the sugar content. It’s my understanding that sugar is not added to coconut water, yet there is a high amount of sugar per serving. Is the sugar in coconut water bad for you? Is packaged coconut water something we should stay away from?

    These days, coconut water is a hugely popular. Is it just another form of unhealthy empty calories marketed as something healthy?

    Thank you!

    • Michael Greger M.D.

      Vita Coco just settled a $10 million class action lawsuit for claiming its coconut water was “super-hydrating” “nutrient-packed” “mega-electrolyte” “super-water,” yet independent testing showed that the actual electrolyte levels were a small fraction of what the label advertised. Earlier this year a study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition compared coconut water to a manufactured sports drink and found no difference between the two in terms of hydration or exercise performance, and in fact those drinking the coconut water reported feeling more bloated and experienced greater stomach upset–and the study was funded by the Vita Coco!

      • scorpiomoon

        Thank you for your reply. You’ve answered my questions, dissolved my confusion, and solidified my decision to stick with drinking plain water. :)

  • Deborah Valentine

    frightening!