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Cheese and the Comparison Challenge

Dairy is compared to other foods for cardiovascular (heart attack and stroke) risk. When studies funded by industries suggest their products have neutral health effects or are even beneficial, one question you always have to ask is, “Compared to what?” Is cheese healthy? Compared to what? If you’re sitting down to make a sandwich, cheese is probably...

Is Cheese Really Good for Our Health?

What is the real story behind the recent studies that show cheese has neutral or positive health effects? In my series of videos on saturated fat, I talked about a major campaign launched by the global dairy industry to “neutralize the negative image of milk-fat among regulators and health professionals as related to heart disease.” As you can see...

Testing Greens and Beets, Two of the Best Brain Foods

Cocoa and nitrite-rich vegetables, such as leafy greens and beets, are put to the test for cognitive function. “The production of NO in the brain and its role in the control of neuronal [nerve] functions has been comprehensively investigated in animals studies.” NO, or nitric oxide, is the “open sesame” molecule that dilates our blood vessels and is...

Take the Daily Dozen Challenge!

We just re-launched the Daily Dozen Challenge to help more people discover how easy it is to fit some of the healthiest of healthy foods into their meals. Join us on social media and show us how you Do the Dozen.  Plan: Pick a day to eat the Daily Dozen. Download our free Daily Dozen app on iPhone and Android that features the checklist, as well...

Testing Berries and Nuts, Two of the Best Brain Foods

Randomized controlled studies put nuts, berries, and grape juice to the test for cognitive function. When you read articles in Alzheimer’s disease journals about eating more berries to reduce cognitive decline in the elderly, the authors are talking about observational studies, like the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study that showed that berry intake appears...

Can We Detoxify Lead from Our Body in a Sauna?

How much does sweating from a sauna or exercise get rid of lead and mercury? In my video Is Henna Safe?, I talk about a study that proved lead could be absorbed through the skin and into the body. Researchers applied lead to someone’s left arm and then measured the level of lead in the sweat from their right arm over the next few days. As you can see...

Benzoyl Peroxide or Tea Tree Oil for Acne?

What happened when a 5 percent tea tree oil gel was pitted head-to-head against the leading over-the-counter treatment for pimples? “Acne vulgaris remains one of the commonest diseases to afflict humanity.” As I discuss in my video Benzoyl Peroxide vs. Tea Tree Oil for Acne, according to some online surveys, tea tree oil appears to be “the second most...

Top 10 NutritionFacts.org Videos of 2022

We create more than a hundred new videos every year. They are the culmination of hundreds of hours of researching, writing, animating, editing, and producing. We comb through thousands of scientific papers from the peer-reviewed medical literature so that busy people like you don’t have to.  In 2022, I covered topics from athletics and atrial fibrillation...

Is It Safe to Take Acid-Blocking Drugs?

Do the benefits outweigh the risks of acid-blocker drugs, also known as proton pump inhibitors like Nexium, Prilosec, and Zantac? What about baking soda? Dyspepsia is the medical term for upset stomach. After eating, your stomach may hurt, you may feel bloated, nauseous, or overly full, or you may belch. “Despite the high prevalence of the disorder,...

Are Energy Drinks Beneficial?

What effects do Red Bull and Monster brand energy drinks have on artery function and athletic performance? Given the “global popularity” of the multibillion-dollar energy drink industry, it is critical we determine if the beverages have any “potential adverse effects,” as I discuss in my video Are There Benefits of Energy Drinks?. “There are currently...

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