November 19, 2019

Dr. Greger on Live with Kelly and Ryan | NutritionFacts.org

JanYOUary with Dr. Michael Greger

On the “Live with Kelly and Ryan” TV Program

[Musical introduction.]

Ryan                Well, it is JanYOUary and today we’re going to learn how not to die, and the person keeping us alive with the “How Not To Die Cookbook,” Dr. Michael Greger. Nice to see you. [Audience applause.] Quite a mission.

Dr. Greger       So happy to be here.

Kelly                Yep…

Ryan                Quite a mission.

Kelly                Yeah.

Dr. Greger       Yes, indeed! Well, no, it’s not “How to Not Die,” but “How Not To Die…”

Kelly                Oh, “How Not to Die.”

Dr. Greger       …prematurely and [crosstalk].

Kelly                OK, let me ask you this. We go to all of this work—

Dr. Greger       Yeah…

Kelly                We follow your recipes.

Dr. Greger       Yeah…

Kelly                And we get hit by a bus coming home from the health food store. [Audience laughter.] Then what happens?

Dr. Greger       You still have to…            

Kelly                Dead as a door nail.

Dr. Greger       You still have to look both ways [audience laughter]. Still got to wear your bike helmet and seatbelts, fire alarms. It’s [inaudible].

Kelly                Fine, fine.

Ryan                But you’re saying you don’t have to clean out your pantry or your refrigerator, but you should add these things into your program?

Dr. Greger       Oh, well, that’s what I found in my patient populations. People don’t like foods being taken away from them. This is why I came up with kind of kind of a Daily Dozen checklist of all the healthiest of healthy foods I encourage them to start adding to their diets to try to crowd out some of the least healthy options.

Kelly                OK.

Ryan                Let’s walk through it. What are we doing?

Dr. Greger       There’s a whole bunch here.

Kelly                Yeah.

Dr. Greger       Berries, for example. Berries, that’s the brain food. Harvard researchers found that one serving of blueberries, two servings of strawberries a day may be able to slow brain aging by as much 2.5 years. Less stroke and heart attack risk. And so you say, wait a second. Tastes great and you get to live longer? That’s what plant-based eating is all about. [Audience applause.]

Kelly                And you’ll be more cognizant when your ingrate children don’t visit you in the home. [Laughter.]

Dr. Greger       You’ll see the bus coming!

Kelly                That’s true. Good point. What’s next?

Ryan                Flaxseed.

Dr. Greger       We have ground flaxseeds. Just a few spoonfuls of ground flaxseeds a day can lower blood pressure two to three times better than the leading blood pressure drug and only has good side effects: reducing inflammation, curing constipation, reducing breast and prostrate cancer risk. A tablespoon of ground flaxseeds a day, that would be my recommendation.

Ryan                OK.

Kelly                A tablespoon a day, OK, got it.

Dr. Greger       Absolutely. [Audience applause.]

Kelly                Now what? Whole grains?

Dr. Greger       We’ve got whole grains. That’s where the bulk of our energy should come from. You know now it’s never been easier. Now they have these pre-cooked, ready to eat pouches of quinoa, brown rice, and so you can just heat it up, ready to serve.

Kelly                Wow.

Ryan                All right. And the greens? I do, I actually have gotten myself addicted to greens.

Dr. Greger       That’s what we like to hear, that’s my kind of addiction.

Kelly                He’s a green junkie.

Ryan                I like—I didn’t used to like them and now I eat them and I like them.

Kelly                I find him on the street corner all the time with his greens hanging out of his mouth. [Laughter.]

Dr. Greger       [Laughs.] No, but your palate actually changes, absolutely. So just like, you know, berries are the healthiest foods, greens are the healthiest vegetables. In fact the most health food, period—more nutrients per calorie than any other food out there…

Kelly                Wow.

Dr. Greger       …absolutely.

Kelly                Wow, OK. What’s over here? Legumes.

Dr. Greger       Legumes!

Kelly                Legumes!

Dr. Greger       Indeed! Right, so beans are the healthiest source of protein. If you look in the Blue Zones around the world, the populations that live the longest and healthiest, well, what they all share in common in their daily diet is they’re eating legumes: beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils.

Kelly                Mmm.

Dr. Greger       And so that’s packed with, you know, iron, protein, [inaudible] what you’d expect [crosstalk]…

Ryan                Gas-inducing cabbage—tell us about it.

Dr. Greger       OOH! Well, you know, overall greens are the healthiest vegetables, and the healthiest types of greens are the cruciferous greens, the broccoli family of vegetables like kale and collard greens, but cabbage also fits into that family. And those purple and red cabbages have the same special eyesight and brain protective antioxidants that the berries do, but at a fraction of the cost.

Kelly                Ha! I did not know that. I love a button mushroom.

Dr. Greger       There we—and this is going to be your bone-free, bone broth substitute.

Kelly                Ahh!

Dr. Greger       That’s how [crosstalk].

Ryan                That’s what’s in there that gives you the flavor.

Dr. Greger       Right, no, so the white mushrooms have been found to so boost one’s immune system: it cuts down on respiratory track infections. So important, particularly this time of the year, so prevents you from getting sick in the first place.

Kelly                Just eat them like that?

Dr. Greger       Ah, cooked, you want to eat—so the study found three-quarters of a cup of cooked mushrooms a day [for kids??]…

Kelly                Cooked, right. I thought there was a…yeah.

Ryan                This is my habit, nuts.

Dr. Greger       I love your diet.

Ryan                Yeah, well, I eat too many of them.

Dr. Greger       Look at his greens and nuts. You cannot eat too many… Look…

Ryan                Really?

Dr. Greger       These are the healthiest possible snacks.

Ryan                Even with the fat content it’s OK to eat a lot of them?

Dr. Greger       Well, it’s where the fat comes from. We’re talking about whole food sources of fats, so flaxseeds [inaudible], nuts, seeds, avocados—that’s where we should get our nutrition from. Famous PREDIMED study found that just a single palmful of nuts every day for a few years cut stroke risk in half.

Kelly                Is there a healthy nut because Gelman is always—he thinks he’s got the healthiest nuts, but I don’t think his nuts are that healthy [audience laughing loudly].

Ryan                He does talk about it quite a bit, doctor.

Dr. Greger       Walnuts are the healthiest nuts. Highest omega-3 content, yeah.

Ryan                OK.

Kelly                They are?

Ryan                OK. And then we’re with water as a libation at the end.

Dr. Greger       Indeed. The three healthiest beverages: water, green tea, and then this herbal tea called hibiscus. Tested head-to-head against the leading blood pressure drug. Two cups of hibiscus tea every morning can lower blood pressures [audience applause] as good as the drugs.

Kelly                Yeah. I did not know that.

Dr. Greger       [Inaudible] though it is—they don’t call it “sour tea” for nothing. Anytime we eat something acidic like citrus we should rinse our mouth out with water just to prevent the natural acids from hurting our enamel.

Ryan                We’re going to live forever. [Audience applause]. This is great.

Kelly                For more information on all of this, you can check out KellyandRyan.com.

                        Dr. Greger’s book, the “How Not to Die Cookbook” is available anywhere books are sold [crosstalk, inaudible].

Voice Over      The website is at KellyandRyan.com.

Kelly                Thank you so much.

[Music plays.]

JanYOUary with Dr. Michael Greger

On the “Live with Kelly and Ryan” TV Program

[Musical introduction.]

Ryan                Well, it is JanYOUary and today we’re going to learn how not to die, and the person keeping us alive with the “How Not To Die Cookbook,” Dr. Michael Greger. Nice to see you. [Audience applause.] Quite a mission.

Dr. Greger       So happy to be here.

Kelly                Yep…

Ryan                Quite a mission.

Kelly                Yeah.

Dr. Greger       Yes, indeed! Well, no, it’s not “How to Not Die,” but “How Not To Die…”

Kelly                Oh, “How Not to Die.”

Dr. Greger       …prematurely and [crosstalk].

Kelly                OK, let me ask you this. We go to all of this work—

Dr. Greger       Yeah…

Kelly                We follow your recipes.

Dr. Greger       Yeah…

Kelly                And we get hit by a bus coming home from the health food store. [Audience laughter.] Then what happens?

Dr. Greger       You still have to…            

Kelly                Dead as a door nail.

Dr. Greger       You still have to look both ways [audience laughter]. Still got to wear your bike helmet and seatbelts, fire alarms. It’s [inaudible].

Kelly                Fine, fine.

Ryan                But you’re saying you don’t have to clean out your pantry or your refrigerator, but you should add these things into your program?

Dr. Greger       Oh, well, that’s what I found in my patient populations. People don’t like foods being taken away from them. This is why I came up with kind of kind of a Daily Dozen checklist of all the healthiest of healthy foods I encourage them to start adding to their diets to try to crowd out some of the least healthy options.

Kelly                OK.

Ryan                Let’s walk through it. What are we doing?

Dr. Greger       There’s a whole bunch here.

Kelly                Yeah.

Dr. Greger       Berries, for example. Berries, that’s the brain food. Harvard researchers found that one serving of blueberries, two servings of strawberries a day may be able to slow brain aging by as much 2.5 years. Less stroke and heart attack risk. And so you say, wait a second. Tastes great and you get to live longer? That’s what plant-based eating is all about. [Audience applause.]

Kelly                And you’ll be more cognizant when your ingrate children don’t visit you in the home. [Laughter.]

Dr. Greger       You’ll see the bus coming!

Kelly                That’s true. Good point. What’s next?

Ryan                Flaxseed.

Dr. Greger       We have ground flaxseeds. Just a few spoonfuls of ground flaxseeds a day can lower blood pressure two to three times better than the leading blood pressure drug and only has good side effects: reducing inflammation, curing constipation, reducing breast and prostrate cancer risk. A tablespoon of ground flaxseeds a day, that would be my recommendation.

Ryan                OK.

Kelly                A tablespoon a day, OK, got it.

Dr. Greger       Absolutely. [Audience applause.]

Kelly                Now what? Whole grains?

Dr. Greger       We’ve got whole grains. That’s where the bulk of our energy should come from. You know now it’s never been easier. Now they have these pre-cooked, ready to eat pouches of quinoa, brown rice, and so you can just heat it up, ready to serve.

Kelly                Wow.

Ryan                All right. And the greens? I do, I actually have gotten myself addicted to greens.

Dr. Greger       That’s what we like to hear, that’s my kind of addiction.

Kelly                He’s a green junkie.

Ryan                I like—I didn’t used to like them and now I eat them and I like them.

Kelly                I find him on the street corner all the time with his greens hanging out of his mouth. [Laughter.]

Dr. Greger       [Laughs.] No, but your palate actually changes, absolutely. So just like, you know, berries are the healthiest foods, greens are the healthiest vegetables. In fact the most health food, period—more nutrients per calorie than any other food out there…

Kelly                Wow.

Dr. Greger       …absolutely.

Kelly                Wow, OK. What’s over here? Legumes.

Dr. Greger       Legumes!

Kelly                Legumes!

Dr. Greger       Indeed! Right, so beans are the healthiest source of protein. If you look in the Blue Zones around the world, the populations that live the longest and healthiest, well, what they all share in common in their daily diet is they’re eating legumes: beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils.

Kelly                Mmm.

Dr. Greger       And so that’s packed with, you know, iron, protein, [inaudible] what you’d expect [crosstalk]…

Ryan                Gas-inducing cabbage—tell us about it.

Dr. Greger       OOH! Well, you know, overall greens are the healthiest vegetables, and the healthiest types of greens are the cruciferous greens, the broccoli family of vegetables like kale and collard greens, but cabbage also fits into that family. And those purple and red cabbages have the same special eyesight and brain protective antioxidants that the berries do, but at a fraction of the cost.

Kelly                Ha! I did not know that. I love a button mushroom.

Dr. Greger       There we—and this is going to be your bone-free, bone broth substitute.

Kelly                Ahh!

Dr. Greger       That’s how [crosstalk].

Ryan                That’s what’s in there that gives you the flavor.

Dr. Greger       Right, no, so the white mushrooms have been found to so boost one’s immune system: it cuts down on respiratory track infections. So important, particularly this time of the year, so prevents you from getting sick in the first place.

Kelly                Just eat them like that?

Dr. Greger       Ah, cooked, you want to eat—so the study found three-quarters of a cup of cooked mushrooms a day [for kids??]…

Kelly                Cooked, right. I thought there was a…yeah.

Ryan                This is my habit, nuts.

Dr. Greger       I love your diet.

Ryan                Yeah, well, I eat too many of them.

Dr. Greger       Look at his greens and nuts. You cannot eat too many… Look…

Ryan                Really?

Dr. Greger       These are the healthiest possible snacks.

Ryan                Even with the fat content it’s OK to eat a lot of them?

Dr. Greger       Well, it’s where the fat comes from. We’re talking about whole food sources of fats, so flaxseeds [inaudible], nuts, seeds, avocados—that’s where we should get our nutrition from. Famous PREDIMED study found that just a single palmful of nuts every day for a few years cut stroke risk in half.

Kelly                Is there a healthy nut because Gelman is always—he thinks he’s got the healthiest nuts, but I don’t think his nuts are that healthy [audience laughing loudly].

Ryan                He does talk about it quite a bit, doctor.

Dr. Greger       Walnuts are the healthiest nuts. Highest omega-3 content, yeah.

Ryan                OK.

Kelly                They are?

Ryan                OK. And then we’re with water as a libation at the end.

Dr. Greger       Indeed. The three healthiest beverages: water, green tea, and then this herbal tea called hibiscus. Tested head-to-head against the leading blood pressure drug. Two cups of hibiscus tea every morning can lower blood pressures [audience applause] as good as the drugs.

Kelly                Yeah. I did not know that.

Dr. Greger       [Inaudible] though it is—they don’t call it “sour tea” for nothing. Anytime we eat something acidic like citrus we should rinse our mouth out with water just to prevent the natural acids from hurting our enamel.

Ryan                We’re going to live forever. [Audience applause]. This is great.

Kelly                For more information on all of this, you can check out KellyandRyan.com.

                        Dr. Greger’s book, the “How Not to Die Cookbook” is available anywhere books are sold [crosstalk, inaudible].

Voice Over      The website is at KellyandRyan.com.

Kelly                Thank you so much.

[Music plays.]

Transcript provided by Barb Leable.

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