Finally a LEGIT Nutrition Study! | Wednesday Checkup

  • Published: 23 May 2019
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    Nutrition research articles are usually pretty blah. They make outrageous claims like alcohol is healthier than exercise or eating a handful of nuts daily extends life by a decade!

    This week we cover a great study funded by the NIH that proves a casual relationship between weight gain and processed foods!

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Comments • 2 921

  • PrincessLelouch
    PrincessLelouch  3 days back

    The description says that the study “proves a casual relationship between weight gain and processed food”. Casual. As in they talk sometimes, but don’t really hang out a lot. Not to be confused with causal, which is referring to one thing causing another thing. Haha.

    • Caramel Goddess
      Caramel Goddess  6 days back


      • ngokko
        ngokko  1 weeks back

        Be my bf pls you’re perfect and the nicest and the smartest person I know tf 😩😩

        • ngokko
          ngokko  1 weeks back

          Omg your beard 😭😭😭😭😭 kill me right now you’re so hot MIKE I CANNOT

          • R. Rodriguez
            R. Rodriguez  1 weeks back

            Doctor Mike, have you ever seen the Fathead documentary? It was a response to Super Size Me. That would make a GREAT video.

            • Gwen Ramirez
              Gwen Ramirez  1 weeks back

              Dietitian in training here (bachelors in nutrition and in process of getting masters in nutrition/dietetics) - I know a lot of doctors don't get in depth nutrition training in med school, so while I value your input, it might be helpful to have a dietitian come on and discuss other topics to a greater extent :)

              • Josefine Jonsson
                Josefine Jonsson  2 weeks back

                I got so distracted by his good looks I actually had to watch the video again.
                It happens a lot. 🙄😍

                • Sarah Bright
                  Sarah Bright  2 weeks back


                  • Alexander Vashchuk
                    Alexander Vashchuk  2 weeks back

                    Awesome video

                    • thisone person
                      thisone person  2 weeks back

                      **excited hee hee**

                      • Ivan
                        Ivan  3 weeks back

                        There are people called Nutritionist/ Dietitian! Appreciate them more

                        • jacob jones
                          jacob jones  3 weeks back

                          yes it makes you eat more. we figured that out a long time ago, but on a calorie by calorie basis, does it make you gain/stall to drink a couple 0 calorie drinks a day? i have a "strong will power" over food(healthy relationship with it) and sometimes dont even hit my calories goals.

                          • jacob jones
                            jacob jones  3 weeks back

                            can you find any studies where food was at a calorie specific amount? yeah if i can eat what ever i want, a chicken biscuit is 1 dollar and 500 calories. eat 4 and im at 2000 but still hungry. did that at lunch every day before any health came in.
                            my question with these "eat as much as you want" studies are that i am just a simple man on a good weight loss program that i made formyself(2.5lb chicken, 144g pop yourself kernels, a little rice, and as much broccoli as i can shove down my throat)
                            my question is NOT will processed foods/zero calorie drinks make me eat more, it is will it make me gain weight as a direct cause?
                            i like me some soda, but i dont drink it anymore, and yeah fake sugars cancer shit oh no, but i am wondering if it will hinder my progress if i am still eating the exact same ammount(or even less to count them all as 5-10 calories)

                            • DiabloMinero
                              DiabloMinero  3 weeks back

                              Up until this study came out, I could have argued that already-unhealthy people tend to choose processed foods more. Anyone who tells you that you have to change your behavior when the direction of causality hasn't yet been established is as likely as not full of crap.

                              • Hannah Sawyer
                                Hannah Sawyer  4 weeks back

                                Ayo misconception alert: people on a serious budget (referencing myself here) can eat a whole food diet at a low cost. I eat the same breakfast of overnight oats w frozen blueberries, lunch of carrots, canned black beans, ground beef, and a hard boiled egg snack, and dinner of tuna melt w/mayo (arguably the worst thing I eat every day) on Ezekiel bread w/roasted frozen Brussels sprouts. And I drink an iced turmeric drink erryday (almond milk turmeric powder black pepper and cinnamon.) Probably spend $35 a week, and I can stretch it bc my oats last a couple of weeks. It’s only hard to do if you give your tongue the taste of the sugary granola bars at work, the ice cream you walk past every day, and the McDonalds you consume when you’re stressed. You are SO right that eating whole foods keeps you full and promotes weight loss. Doing this I’ve lost about 1.5-2 pounds a week (im a 21 year old fairly active, 175 pound girl) and i haven’t been able to lose weight for two years until now. Whole foods (not Whole Foods ahaha) are bringing me freedom and I’m not breaking the bank! But this takes discipline until it becomes easy and habitual. It’s crazy to me that I refused before now to overcome those few weeks of difficulty to find freedom and take back my health. It’s discomfort for two weeks or an early grave and a damn awful time on your way there. Love your videos!

                                • Kay
                                  Kay  4 weeks back

                                  Can you do a video on the DASH diet, which is recommended by the Heart and Stroke Foundation?

                                  • s_ BastionT
                                    s_ BastionT  4 weeks back

                                    3:54 What's up w/ that high-pitched noise you made?

                                    I love it! Never stop doing that 👌

                                    • Speedy Chicken
                                      Speedy Chicken  4 weeks back

                                      can u bee woop the bee woop to the end of viedo too?

                                      • Jeff Miller
                                        Jeff Miller  4 weeks back

                                        Really glad that this study was done, especially with as many variables controlled. I do worry a little about whether a sample size this small is generalizable. Also, as a scientist, I always get a twitch when someone refers to "proving" an effect. Technically, you either find evidence that Disproves or Supports a theory, not evidence "proving" one. Thanks for passing this along!

                                        • Iamapotatochip
                                          Iamapotatochip  4 weeks back

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                                          • SileneKitty
                                            SileneKitty  4 weeks back

                                            When it comes to junk food I feel like a drug addict. I will go to great lengths to get my hands on junk food and I feel extremely stressed if I try to resist.

                                            • Ford Model T
                                              Ford Model T  4 weeks back

                                              lol i just ate a lunchable

                                              • Nikolaj Steffensen
                                                Nikolaj Steffensen  4 weeks back

                                                fun detail in denmark junkfood such as mcdonalds and burger king are actually generally kind of expensive. buying a burger from mcdonalds or burger king is. if you compare them weight wise and with everything in them. a lot more expensive then making your own burger. and that was just the easy example there..... that and we don't have that corn syrup weirdness here in denmark. so yay

                                                • Roz
                                                  Roz  4 weeks back

                                                  I was a professional taste tester for Kraft foods what you say is oh so true

                                                  • Rebecca
                                                    Rebecca  4 weeks back

                                                    As I'm sitting on my bed eating cheez-its...

                                                    • cmatrix4761
                                                      cmatrix4761  4 weeks back

                                                      I have never been able to get a straight answer on this: What the f**k does "processed food" even mean? Technically, every food is processed in some way, unless you're buying plants (vegetables/fruits) directly from a farmer.

                                                      • Julia Miller
                                                        Julia Miller  4 weeks back

                                                        Are there any studies like this where they control for macronutrients and the amount consumed to see if the causal effect is really from the fact that the food is processed? It seems like overeating due to lack of protein could happen with or without unprocessed foods, so you'd need to control for these things to see the true adverse effects of the processed factor in the foods.

                                                        • Abhilash Mishra
                                                          Abhilash Mishra  4 weeks back

                                                          That post breakup beard tho xD

                                                          • Linda McNeil
                                                            Linda McNeil  4 weeks back

                                                            Loved this...but... the bass music in the background was a bit annoying.

                                                            • Jillian Cattell
                                                              Jillian Cattell  4 weeks back

                                                              If this isn’t an eye opener idk what is 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ Dr. Mike I was wondering where did you get your bracelet? 🤔🤔

                                                              • Elise
                                                                Elise  1 months back

                                                                I said “BEE WOOP!” at the same time as you. I’m oddly proud

                                                                • Dr. Bryan Dzvonick ND
                                                                  Dr. Bryan Dzvonick ND  1 months back

                                                                  Thanks for this video.

                                                                  • Dorito _uwu
                                                                    Dorito _uwu  1 months back

                                                                    Bee woop!

                                                                    • MsRainbowglitter
                                                                      MsRainbowglitter  1 months back

                                                                      From my own personal experience, I weighed more when I ate more processed foods. Not only that, my IBS was out of control (it’s managed now with diet and therapy and anxiety meds.) and I constantly had different health issues. I still find myself eating processed foods, but not nearly as much as I used to and it freaking shows man.

                                                                      • Ibrahim Maghola
                                                                        Ibrahim Maghola  1 months back

                                                                        Do you have 90 minutes?

                                                                        • Cheok Jia Gin
                                                                          Cheok Jia Gin  1 months back

                                                                          Had you give you a like from your cute "hehe" cheeky laugh at the end. Keep those research coming! 😘

                                                                          • Some artist kiddie who wishes to animate

                                                                            I wonder why highly processed foods are cheaper though. It's as if they WANTED us to eat badly. After all, it takes a lot more work, energy and manteinance for machines. And if we eat badly, it means going to the doc more often. Wich results in more money.
                                                                            Yeah I'm starting to get why it's cheaper tbh.

                                                                            • Dustin Loudon
                                                                              Dustin Loudon  1 months back

                                                                              It isn't due to some great conspiracy between the food and healthcare industries, as you are implying. Its just simple economics.

                                                                              Very few food companies have any substantial ties to the healthcare industry, and those that do would not see much of a benefit from making people unhealthy through diet. They're just as likely see a drop in their net profits from that, as making people unhealthy through diet will either kill the people sooner and/or force a dietary change, both of which lead to a reduction of future profits for the food company. Honestly, you would be more likely to find a company that started out with ties to the healthcare industry expanding into the food production industry to market "healthier" products - which may or may not actually be healthier (as someone on a very restricted diet, I speak from experience here - many products marketed as being healthier alternatives are as bad if not worse than their "unhealthy" counterparts - always read the nutrition facts and ingredients before buying).

                                                                              The reality is, processed foods are cheaper because the manufacturers buy everything in bulk and everything they make is loaded with preservatives. Those preservatives give the processed foods a longer shelf-life than their unprocessed counterparts, which means you lose less product to spoilage, giving you more time to sell the product. By pricing the processed products lower than the unprocessed counterparts, they are more likely to be purchased, causing the unprocessed products to spoil before sale more frequently, thus driving up the prices of those products while simultaneously making the processed foods even cheaper by comparison.

                                                                              To further imbalance the market, many of the manufacturers of processed foods have also begun marketing unprocessed versions of their own products, using mostly the same ingredients and equipment to produce it, allowing them to appeal to the growing trend toward "organic" foods. They make smaller quantities of the unprocessed products and artificially inflate the price for those products, while still being able to undercut local suppliers of competing products because their per-unit production and distribution costs are significantly lower.

                                                                              This is one of the reasons why government oversight is necessary, and that oversight has largely broken down in the US courtesy of lobbyists pushing for less government regulation of business.

                                                                          • Danielle Gordon
                                                                            Danielle Gordon  1 months back

                                                                            While I think that the results are correct just because it makes sense, the sample size is low & case-cross overs are designed for short term exposures. Maybe the quality is better than general nutritional studies, but every piece of research is biased and has its flaws. I'd say be careful with determining whether it's causal or 'proven'. :)

                                                                            • Robert Young
                                                                              Robert Young  1 months back

                                                                              It is so entertaining to watch doctor Mike that I hardly take in what he says.

                                                                              • Hussein Hamam
                                                                                Hussein Hamam  1 months back

                                                                                I like the crossover method. However, the authors should have considered a larger sample size to improve the reliability of the study. I'm sure more studied will validate these results and conclusions. Overall, not bad as a proof of concept.

                                                                                • Babym0nster
                                                                                  Babym0nster  1 months back

                                                                                  I don't think 20 people is enough for a good study, but its on something we already know so ok

                                                                                  • Alo Knight
                                                                                    Alo Knight  1 months back

                                                                                    0:07 This is the sound of a true Chad Alpha Male asserting his dominance.

                                                                                    • Ed Kozak
                                                                                      Ed Kozak  1 months back

                                                                                      P R O T E I N.

                                                                                      • Lifu Erhart
                                                                                        Lifu Erhart  1 months back

                                                                                        That wink though 😂😂😂👌🏻🥴

                                                                                        • Sarah Clarke
                                                                                          Sarah Clarke  1 months back

                                                                                          You make me want to be a better person. Thank you Doctor Mike 💕

                                                                                          • Rick Vis
                                                                                            Rick Vis  1 months back

                                                                                            How is skim milk not a processed food? There is no such thing as low fat milk in nature and it tastes disgusting.

                                                                                            • Robbie Z
                                                                                              Robbie Z  1 months back

                                                                                              How about fiber content? You should read “The Pleasure Trap” by Lisle and Goldhammer. As process foods are easy and calorie dense, we gravitate to them.

                                                                                              • DavidAWA
                                                                                                DavidAWA  1 months back

                                                                                                Love your videos. But poor people don't get an out on this. Bananas and Oatmeal aren't expensive. Neither are dried beans. Poor people have options to eat healthy.