Vol 22 Launch

Dr. Greger Addresses Saturated Fat Confusion in New DVD

Considering concerns over saturated fat to be the #1 threat to their growth, the global dairy industry launched a covert campaign to “neutralize the negative image of milkfat among regulators and health professionals.” This would be no small task, as leading health authorities around the world encourage the public to decrease saturated fat consumption “as low as possible” to lower the risk of chronic disease. Learn how the industry attempted to undermine the global scientific consensus and the fatal flaw in the recent saturated fat meta-analysis in a new series of videos I just completed. They are all available right now as a video download as part of my new Latest in Clinical Nutrition volume 22 (all proceeds go to this charity). It can also be ordered as a physical DVD.

The saturated fat videos are all scheduled to go up on NutritionFacts.org early next year, but you can download and watch them right now.

The current batch of videos from volume 21 on NutritionFacts.org is set to run out soon, so starting next month and running through January, I’ll be rolling out the videos from this new DVD, volume 22. The DVDs give folks the opportunity to sneak-preview videos months ahead of time, watch them all straight through, and share them as gifts, but there is nothing on the DVDs that won’t eventually end up free online at NutritionFacts.org. If you’d like the works–40+ hours of video–you can get the complete DVD collection.

Here’s the list of chapters from the new volume 22 DVD — a preview of what’s to come over the next few months on NutritionFacts.org:

  1. If Fructose is Bad, What About Fruit?
  2. Back in Circulation: Sciatica and Cholesterol
  3. Kempner Rice Diet: Whipping Us Into Shape
  4. Food Industry Funded Research Bias
  5. Coffee and Artery Function
  6. Chicken Big: Poultry and Obesity
  7. Aspartame and the Brain
  8. Paleo Diets May Negate Benefits of Exercise
  9. Can Diet Protect Against Kidney Cancer?
  10. Estrogen in Meat, Dairy, and Eggs
  11. Why Do Vegan Women Have 5x Fewer Twins?
  12. Preventing Crohn’s Disease With Diet
  13. Ciguatera Poisoning & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  14. Which Dietary Factors Affect Breast Cancer Most?
  15. The Saturated Fat Studies: Buttering Up the Public
  16. The Saturated Fat Studies: Set Up to Fail
  17. How Many Meet the Simple Seven?
  18. Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes
  19. Are Raisins Good Snacks for Kids?
  20. Never Too Late to Start Eating Healthier
  21. Enhancing Athletic Performance With Peppermint
  22. Turmeric Curcumin vs. Exercise for Artery Function
  23. Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease With Plants
  24. Flax Seeds for Hypertension
  25. The Actual Benefit of Diet vs. Drugs
  26. Why Prevention is Worth a Ton of Cure

Order my new DVD at DrGreger.org/dvds or through Amazon. It can also be ordered as a video download at DrGreger.org/downloads.

DVD Subscription

If you were a regular supporter, you’d already be a saturated fat expert by now, having gotten the new DVD two weeks ago! I now come out with new DVDs every 9 weeks (*phew*). If you’d like to automatically receive them before they’re even available to the public, please consider becoming a monthly donor.

Anyone signing up on the donation page to become a $15 monthly contributor will receive the next three DVDs for free (as physical DVDs, downloads, or both–your choice), and anyone signing up as a $25 monthly contributor will get a whole year’s worth of new DVDs. If you’re already signed up and didn’t receive your volume 22 yet, please email Tommasina@NutritionFacts.org and she’ll make everything all better.

If you’d rather just watch all the videos online as they launch, but would still like to support my work of cutting through the confusion and educating millions about healthy eating, you can make a year-end tax-deductible donation to NutritionFacts.org using a credit card, a direct PayPal link, or by sending a check to “NutritionFacts.org” P.O. Box 11400 Takoma Park, MD 20913.

Holiday Recipes

If you missed it last week, I featured an exclusive guest blog post by dietitian powerhouse Vesanto Melina, who made it her mission to come up with some celebratory superfood suggestions for the holidays. Check it out: Healthy Holiday Recipes. Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving!

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They are all remote, meaning the work can be done from anywhere, but unfortunately are all unpaid. They could be a great learning experience, though, not to mention how much good you’d be doing for the world by helping us help everyone make better dietary decisions. For more details, see our new Internship Opportunities page.

In my next DVD I’ll address the Mediterranean diet–stay tuned!

Michael Greger, M.D.


Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

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  1. I’m really excited that you are addressing the Saturated fat issue. After the frustrating Time Magazine article telling people they should eat Butter for health it’s time to really address the science behind this false claim.
    Thanks in advance!!!!

  2. I was under the impression that this DVD would have the conclusion, “How Much Fruit is Too Much?”, and ordered it. However it does not. I responded to the email in hopes that I could exchange for my order but haven’t received a response yet. Is that video really a whole DVD later?

      1. The first video on Volume 22… http://nutritionfacts.org/video/if-fructose-is-bad-what-about-fruit/ and now on the website provides information related to your question. I believe a good guideline is not more than 4 fruits per day. We can most likely tolerate more but it it varies from individual to individual. For patients with elevated cholesterol who want to lower cholesterol lower than that achieved on a whole plant diet I often restrict fruit and recheck values. There are also come patients with fructose malabsorption syndrome who need to avoid fruits. Bottom line is whole fruits are well tolerated. You might also be interested in reading Michael Greger’s blog post in October of this year… http://nutritionfacts.org/video/if-fructose-is-bad-what-about-fruit/,

        1. Thanks for your comment Doc. But I was waiting (maybe hoping..) for a video about the health of people who actually eat large quantities of fruits or almost nothing but fruits – like fruitarian. I’m really curious of their health. What kind of problem these people can have, except B12 deficiency. Low bone density ? High Cholesterol (really..?) ? Osteoporosis ? Low BMI ? Very low IGF-1 ? Can this have benefits over regular plant based diet ? Do we have good studies looking at these people ? Personally I don’t follow this kind of diet, I don’t think we can thrive on it. I was on raw food for 6 month and lost 10 kilograms, feeling great but I was weak (and probably B12 deficient).. Back on cooked starch I was able to build muscle mass and now able to lift heavy weight at the gym (progress still continue..).

  3. How do you feel about virgin coconut oil? I know it is saturated, but sounds like from all I have read in the past few years that it has amazing healing properties . . .

    1. Coconut has nothing unique about it; beans have just as much or more “healing properties” due to their antioxidants and other phytonutrients. Most people aren’t dying of infections that needed healing either. They’re dying of cardiovascular disease. As much as we’d like for the fatty foods we love to be the best thing we could possibly eat, any of their beneficial properties don’t make up for the fact that coconut oil is as bad for arteries as lard.

  4. Hi,
    My question about fat is this.
    Does the human body need saturated fat at all? Or is it OK to eat zero saturated fat for the rest of my life? (I’m not planning to do it, just a theoretical question. )
    Is monounsaturated fat needed for the body? I heard it is healthy but it is still not essential.
    And how about polyunsaturated fats? How much Omega 3 and Omega 6 do we need actually?
    Do we need Omega 9?

    1. The only essential fatty acids for humans are: omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. The human body can manufacture all other fatty acids from those two essential fatty acids.

    2. Boldi: You already got a good reply from Ed. I thought I would elaborate just a bit. All “whole”/natural fats are a combination of all three types of fat: saturated, poly and mono. But the amounts vary. Coconut oil has a TON of saturated fat. But olive oil also has saturated fat. Canola oil actually has more Omega 3s than olive oil, etc. It is generally a good idea to limit saturated fat, especially from animal sources. But you will get some saturated fat naturally just by eating foods that contain fat, for example nuts, seeds, corn, etc.

      As Ed points out, your body will make all of the types of fat that it needs – except for Omega 3 and Omega 6. You have to get those fats from your diet, because your body does not make those fats. The trick for maximum health is to get those fats in the correct proportions. If you can get a chance to see the following lecture from Jeff Novick, you will learn all you need to know about fat (in a fun and fascinating manner!):

      That talk *really* helped me with all of these types of questions. And I thoroughly enjoyed it.

      Good luck.

      1. Thank you both Ed and Thea for your answers!
        It’s getting clearer all the time… But it’s a little bit hard to figure out the truth, especially about olive oil, coconut oil and fish oils. I can find information both about their health benefits, and about how unhealthy they are, too.
        A few years ago, when I was getting interested in healthy diet and healthy living, I began at the wrong end. I found the paleo diet. And I tried it and after few weeks a felt terrible on that. So I went back to my “normal” diet. Which was actually almost the same as the “SAD” diet. In central Europe, we eat the same way as the average person in the United States: lots of meat, lots of cheese, lots of dairy products, tons of oil etc. And big percentage of the population is fat and has high blood pressure etc. (As my father says: “Human body needs pork lard!”…this is the way of thinking in my country!)
        Then later I started searching youtube and everything available, for any kind of usable, true information.
        This way I came across The China Study by T. Colin Campbell. That book was a big eye-opening for me.
        And later on I saw John McDougall’s lectures on YT, then Joel Fuhrman etc, and finally I found Nutritionfacts.org few month ago. I think this website is the best on the internet in the field of nutrition, healthy diet, healthy living. No bullshit, just the real truth! I’m very grateful for all the data, articles and great videos here.
        Michael Greger has a big part in that I’ve become a vegan almost a year ago.
        I will check out Jeff Novick’s lecture too.
        Thank you again!

  5. I can’t find information anywhere on endothelial cell damage when eating naturally fatty foods like nuts and seeds. There is conflicting data everywhere between Dr Esselstyn and Dr Greger… What’s the deal?
    Can I eat naturally fatty whole plant based foods without damaging endothelial cells or not?

    1. Scott: Even in his book about preventing and reversing heart disease, Esselstyn has a recipe for a dressing that includes nuts. The intro to the recipe says that it is only for people who do not have heard disease. And there in lies the rub. Dr. Esselstyn is generally working with very sick people. For those people, he does not recommend say nuts and avocado, though Dr Greger would recommend some nuts or heart disease patients. But both think that some nuts are great or at least fine for the general population. My bottom line: I don’t think this difference is as big as many people make it out to be.

      1. Lol so back to that dreaded word, moderation!
        Thanks Thea.
        Hopefully Dr Greger will do a video on the effects of saturated fat from whole plant based foods on the endothelial cells of humans. I’d love to find out whether I can eat lots of yummy raw treats or not.

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