NutritionFacts.org emerges from my annual review of the medical literature. With the help of a team of hundreds of volunteers, we’ve gone through tens of thousands of articles published in peer-reviewed nutrition science literature and are working to break new records in 2021. How do I choose the studies to highlight? In general, I strive to focus on the most groundbreaking, interesting, and useful results. But which topics are the most popular? The practical ones that offer cooking or shopping tips? Or those who analyze the studies behind the headlines? Maybe it’s the geeky scientists exploring the wonderfully strange world of human biology? As you can see from the list below, the answer seems to be a bit of all of the above.
# 10 Stainless Steel Or Cast Iron: Which Cookware Is Best? Is Teflon Safe?
This was the second in a series of three videos about cookware. The first was Are aluminum pots, bottles, and foil safe?
What about pressure cooking? I took that into account in Pressure Cooking Nutrients ?.
Other popular 2020 hands-on videos are Are Ancient Grains Healthier? and are pre-cut vegetables just as healthy?
# 9 Benefits of Garlic in Fighting Cancer and the Common Cold
Another very popular garlic video this year was the benefits of garlic powder for heart disease.
# 8 The symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency
This was the first in a 5 video series on B12. The other four were:
# 7 How to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally with Lifestyle Changes
This was the second in a 3-video series. The first was also very popular – What the new guidelines mean for the blood pressure range.
# 6 Flaxseed Benefits for Inflammation
My what are the best foods? Video was popular last year too. I would certainly consider flaxseed and all of the other foods in the Daily Dozen to be the best.
# 5 Are BCAA’s (Branched Chain Amino Acids) Healthy?
This can help explain some of the benefits of plant protein. I envision myself exploring this topic in more detail in my next book, How Not to Age, on the latest developments in longevity research.
# 4 foods that relieve headaches and migraines
Another very popular video from 2020 examining the clinical effects of certain foods was How to Lower LP (a) With Diet.
# 3 Eat more calories in the morning to help you lose weight
It’s not just what we eat, it’s when! Other popular chronobiology videos in 2020 included How Circadian Rhythms Affect Blood Glucose Levels and the Benefits of Eating Limited Time Early.
# 2 The COVID-19 pandemic can only be a dress rehearsal
I made a full 14-part video series about the pandemic based on my book How to Survive a Pandemic. The other three most popular of the set were:
# 1 evidence-based weight loss
This live presentation is based on my book How To Not Diet. If you want to check out the presentation I made for my last book, check out How Not to Die: The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top 15 Murderers. The other two most popular weight loss videos this year were The Best Diet to Lose Weight and Disease Prevention and Cut the High Calorie and Processed Foods.
Michael Greger, MD
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