Evidence-Based Eating Guide:
A Healthy Living Resource from Dr. Greger & NutritionFacts.org

Introduction

The number one cause of death in the United States is the Standard American Diet.1 Many people assume that our manner of death is preprogrammed into our geneshigh blood pressure by 55, a heart attack by 60, and maybe even cancer by 70, for instance. For most of our leading causes of death, however, the science shows that our genes often account for only 10 to 20 percent of the risk at most.2 Indeed, when people move from low-risk to high-risk countries, their disease rates almost always change to those of the new environment. New diet, new diseases. But, the reverse is also true. If we switch from eating the Standard American Diet to one that is higher in whole plant foods, such as fruits and vegetables, we may lower our risk.

The Evidence-Based Eating Guide: A Healthy Living Resource from Dr. Greger & NutritionFacts.org is a tool designed to help make the switch to a healthier lifestyle more simple. It’s an easy to understand guide with applicable information for eating healthier, including a breakdown of Dr. Greger’s Traffic Light Eating, tips for using Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen checklist, sample menus, and more.

We hope that this guide will serve as a tool alongside NutritionFacts.org to help you, your loved ones, and your patients improve the length and quality of their lives.

Looking for a printed version of the Evidence-Based Eating Guide? You can purchase pre-printed copies of the guide, now available at cost.

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  1. Mokdad AH, Ballestros K, Echko M, et al. The state of US health, 1990-2016: burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors among US states. JAMA. 2018;319(14):1444-72.
  2. Willett WC. Balancing life-style and genomics research for disease prevention. Science. 2002;296(5568):695-8.

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