What are the Healthiest Foods?

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02.09.2022



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DESCRIPTION: Based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which foods best supply shortfall nutrients while avoiding disease-promoting components?

I feel like this should have been one of the first NutritionFacts.org videos! Sorry it’s taken me so long to just step back and offer some of the basics. I’ve always pictured my role as more of providing the latest science, but you can’t understand all the new discoveries without a good foundation. Let me know if you think I should do more of these nutrition 101 videos or leave that to others and just focus on the shiny and new.

How low should one try to push their intake of some of the food components to avoid? See Trans Fat, Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol: Tolerable Upper Intake of Zero (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/trans-fat-saturated-fat-and-cholesterol-tolerable-upper-intake-of-zero/), How Much Added Sugar Is Too Much? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-much-added-sugar-is-too-much/) and for sodium, High Blood Pressure May Be a Choice (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/high-blood-pressure-may-be-a-choice/). Surprised that trans fats weren’t limited to partially hydrogenated junk? Check out Trans Fat in Meat and Dairy (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/trans-fat-in-meat-and-dairy/).

Have a question for Dr. Greger about this video? Leave it in the comment section at http://nutritionfacts.org/video/what-are-the-healthiest-foods and he’ll try to answer it!

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43 Comments

  1. Qev1zz

    Beef less nutritious than legumes? Lol

    Reply
  2. Jan Hjalmarsson

    Thank you, great info! Are these charts available on your website, and if so, what's the link? Or where can we find them? It's hard to read the labels from the video.

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  3. conscience commenter

    There was too much back and forth going on by category for the eyes to follow. After showing the data in this format please condense down to shorter list . Thanks .

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  4. Luann Rouff

    Pathetic. I'm sticking with my ribeyes. 🥩 🥩 🥩

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  5. Mary Snead

    How can we get a hard copies of these charts?

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  6. Anthony Corey

    Where can I buy a wall chart used in this video?

    Reply
  7. Lilsy Eva Sifuentes

    Does anybody has this table in a documents to share? Thank you

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  8. Olivia True2

    Please do a video like this for those with Chronic Kidney Disease.

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  9. gene douglas

    More foundational videos. Thanks. Look around. Most of us apparently do not understand the fundamentals. Love your talks.

    Reply
  10. Wayne Williams

    It releases endorphines when combined with smokedsausage from hillshire-Yummy! Makes me do a happy dance💃

    Reply
  11. Luma Rose

    Most of us who watch Dr Gregors videos are vegan already, when a video is titled “what are the healthiest foods?” why not tell us the answer instead of just telling us to go vegan?

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  12. gustbadell

    Eggs should be avoided because of cholesterol, that's so wrong, cholesterol is the main source to produce cellular protection, vitamin D production, testosterone production, etc etc etc

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  13. Alex X

    The cholesterol overview doesn't make sense. Eggs will not raise your bad cholesterol.

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  14. Redwood Dragon

    There should be a link to actually download the charts!

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  15. Andrew Nigsian

    In 500 calories I manage to eat 50% of daily nutrients.

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  16. Simon-nak

    No colum for b12? Interesting…

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  17. Paul Gill

    That healthy food matrix would be very handy as a downloadable pdf….hint, hint!

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  18. Metro Renovations & More!

    I've seen over 1000 of your vids. Now I find myself watching them again! Hmmm… Maybe it's just because they're DAMN INFORMATIVE!!!

    Reply
  19. Lucas Oliveira

    this video is a quick way to explain anyone who is close-minded about the truth behind health 🙂

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  20. L A

    If is man made dont eat it.

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  21. L A

    Im all for veggies, but people shouldnt stop eating meat. People should reduce consumption bc the problem is too much of it but it shouldn't be eliminated. What people should be eliminating is processed foods and sugar. I have chronic anemia i vegan diet would kill me, almost did. We need b12 and iron and there isnt enough beans in the world to fix that. Is unnatural to me that people would omit a food group to use a man made supplement to cover what their body needs.

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  22. swizzleproxi

    Deep down we basically know whats good and bad for our bodies, its having the will power to stay clear of the unhealthy foods with their heavy advertising and other temptations that get inbeded into some of us more than others, I think theres not enough information on how to prepare healthy meals, its just salads that most people know about but healthy breakfasts and hearty meals….people need educated on preperation of healthy meals.

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  23. Eric Fajeta

    Should not have sorted the herbs and spices into the per calorie chart, since we can't really eat a significant amount of calories from herbs and spices. The surely are helpful and healthy, but not nutritious.

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  24. LegacyEvoAce

    Why is vitamin k and E not highlighted for fruit?

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  25. DTreats

    Stopped watching once I saw "chicken" listed in the sodium category. Two things, chicken does not contain sodium, and second, we need sodium to survive. This channel is full of miss-information. Be aware and use multiple sources.

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  26. Peter Faber

    Why is cholesterol in food considered bad?

    Your body makes way more cholesterol than you can eat. Typically, 85% of the cholesterol in your blood is made by your liver. If you eat less cholesterol, your body makes more of it. That's because cholesterol levels are based on how much your body needs. And how much cholesterol is needed depends mostly on inflamation. Damaged cells require more cholesterol because the cell membrane is made for a great part of cholesterol. Inflamation is a sign of more damage.

    Just wondering if anyone can explain this need for keeping cholesterol out of the food. (I'm not interested in vegan reasons. I understand those. This video is about health, not about animals.)

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  27. Redhawk

    Thanks doc. Is it possible to download this chart?

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  28. Patrick Reilly

    Information, information, information, information… supposition…!!!

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  29. Larkspur 58

    In other words only eat fruit vegies and nuts yay

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  30. Clifton Painter

    Yay! Let's hear it for us vegans…hips hips still healthy, hips hips still painless! Just BSing, but really I enjoy a vegan diet so much more than I ever did an omnivorous diet. While it is true that an omnivore has a maximum of choices from which to dine, American omnivores by and large never do enjoy a variety. Instead, like I did while still an omnivore, they tend to think steak? Seafood? Pizza? Chicken? Pork? All of the above? Just give me a slab of putrefying carcass and a starch to send my glycemic response off the healthy charts and I'll be so proud, smug, and satisfied. The strangest thing about the SAD is that it all revolves around what piece of carcass I will pair everything else with. It's inculcated sleep walking, or sleep eating as the case might be demonstrated. No one questions, they just obey the media and continue consuming mindlessly. SAD is sad, and it leads to another SAD, that is the Standard American Death.

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  31. Guns Cars and Digits

    Vegetables got the win. Legumes, mushrooms and nuts come in as being super practical. There's an empty spot for vitamin D you can do with eggs or dairy. In the winter, I have coffee and peanut butter crackers as my morning snack. In the summer, I go to milk with cereal.

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  32. Sabatheus

    This is probably one of the most important videos ever posted to Youtube. Everyone needs to see this video. Everyone.

    Reply

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