Is It Better to Advise More Plants or Less Junk?

It may be politically more expedient to promote an increase in consumption of healthy items rather than a decrease in consumption of unhealthy items, but it may be far less effective.

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More on appealing to vanity to improve fruit and vegetable consumption in my video Eating Better to Look Better aren’t there some folks who are down on smoothies? Here’s what the science says:

• Are Green Smoothies Good for You? Green Smoothies: What Does the Science Say? The Downside of Green Smoothies flipside of free fruit programs is to tax instead of subsidize. See my video Would Taxing Unhealthy Foods Improve Public Health? on that kind of paternalistic attitude that you don’t care enough about your health to be told the truth in Everything in Moderation? Even Heart Disease? and Optimal Diet: Just Give it To Me Straight, Doc explore this same patronizing attitude when it comes to physical activity in my next video, How Much Should You Exercise? a question about this video? Leave it in the comment section at and someone on the NutritionFacts.org team will try to answer it.

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How Much Should You Exercise?

Physical fitness authorities seem to have fallen into the same trap as the nutrition authorities, recommending what they think may be achievable, rather than simply informing us what the science says and letting us make up our own mind.

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Most of the content in my book How Not to Die came from my video research, but this video actually sprung from the book. I wanted to include exercise into my Daily Dozen list, but needed to do this research to see what was the best “serving size.”

I wish someone would start some kind of FitnessFacts.org website to review the exercise literature. I’ve got my brain full with the nutrition stuff (though there’s so much good stuff I don’t have time for that there could be 10 more sites just covering nutritional science!).

For more on all that exercise can do for our bodies and minds, see:

• Exercise vs. Drugs for Depression Treating ADHD without Stimulants Reversing Cognitive Decline Exercise and Breast Cancer Longer Life within Walking Distance tips for maximizing the benefits:

• Enhanced Athletic Recovery Without Undermining Adaptation Paleo Diets May Negate Benefits of Exercise Preserving Athlete Immunity with Chlorella Preventing Exercise-Induced Oxidative Stress with Watercress Whole Beets vs. Juice for Improving Athletic Performance a question about this video? Leave it in the comment section at and someone on the NutritionFacts.org team will try to answer it.

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Anti-Cancer Potential of Sweet Potato Proteins

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DESCRIPTION: Sweet potatoes are not just one of the healthiest and cheapest sources of nutrition; the predominant protein is a type of protease inhibitor that may have cancer-fighting properties.

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite snacks. During the harsh Boston winters, I used to put two freshly microwaved sweet potatoes in my coat pockets as natural hand-warmers. And then when they cooled down, my hand-warmers became instant healthy snacks!

More videos on getting the most nutrition for one’s dollar:

• Biggest Nutrition Bang for Your Buck Eating Healthy on the Cheap Eating Healthy on a Budget other vegetables might contain cancer fighting properties? See #1 Anti-Cancer Vegetable sweet potatoes best steamed? Should we eat the skin? Find out in my next video: Best Way to Cook Sweet Potatoes a question for Dr. Greger about this video? Leave it in the comment section at and he’ll try to answer Facebook: Twitter: Podcast: Subscribe: Donate:

This thief’s spectacular fail while trying to steal booze is just wonderful

This master thief clearly spent years planning what he thought would become his greatest ever heist, only to be foiled at the last minute.

The man, who can only be described as a cat-burglar, grabbed three bottles of alcohol from the top shelf, before making a dash for the exit of the shop, believed to be in Russia.

Sadly this particular shop had installed some advanced security devices known as ‘one-way gates’, which bring the thief down, hard.

It is unknown if the incident, which took place on Thursday, resulted in the man being arrested, or if the staff felt sorry enough for him to just let him go.

All we can say is that if he is still on the lose they better lock the Crown Jewels up extra tight for the next few months in case he decides to strike again.

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Europeans survived on dogs, cats and badgers 3,000 years ago, says study

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We used to eat these (Picture: PA/Dogs Trust)

Put on some Christmas weight?

Well if you think your diet’s tough, spare a thought for the people of Europe 3,000 years ago, who survived on dogs, cats, foxes and badgers, a study has revealed.

Archaeologists in El Mirador Cave in Atapuerca, Spain, found human teeth marks on fossils dating back to between 3,100 and 7,200 years ago, which had signs of cut marks, bone breaks and culinary processing.

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This would have represented a nice snack for our ancestor (Picture: Giphy)

This would have represented a nice snack for our ancestor (Picture: Giphy)

And according to the researchers, the evidence shows that ‘dogs, wild cats, and badgers’ were ‘disarticulated, defleshed and boiled’.

‘Carnivore consumption has been identified in the Holocene levels of El Mirador Cave,’ said Dr Patricia Martin of the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution.

‘Remains of domestic dogs, wild cats, badgers, and foxes, recovered from Neolithic to Bronze Age levels present evidence of human consumption.’

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A sign outside "Camp Badger" near Watchet in Somerset where protesters opposed to the badger cull are gathering. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 26, 2013. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Better late than never (Picture: PA)

According to the study, hunting wild carnivores would have been difficult, so some of the species were likely captured accidentally and then consumed.

While the consumption of small wild carnivores is more a case of opportunism, dog consumption occurs ‘repeatedly in time’, says Dr Martin – suggesting our ancestors actively hunted dog to eat.

‘In some Asian cultures dog meat is considered a rich source of protein or as a delicatessen meat,’ she said.

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Adorable moment seal snuggles up to Golden Labrador on beach

Does it get any cuter than this!?

If it does, we don’t want to know (we really want to know).

This is the adorable moment a seal snuggles up to a Golden Labrador on a beach in France.

The extraordinary footage, captured by Elise Frebourg, shows the seal shuffling over to the dog on the sand.

It pats its back before burying its head into the pooch’s fur.

The friendly seal has been named You by locals.

Don’t be fooled by it’s innocence, however, as this video below shows a much darker side to the ocean dwellers.

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