About NutritionFacts.org and Dr Michael Greger M.D.

About NutritionFacts.org

The typical nutrition facts packaging label shows consumers a miniscule fraction of the estimated 100,000+ biological active constituents of food. How do you tell if it may actually help promote health and protect against disease?

It is estimated that North Americans spend in excess of $50 billion annually on diet products and self-help books and videos.  However, given that Western society continues to see increased obesity and other “diseases of affluence” such as Type II diabetes, coronary heart disease and certain forms of cancer, much of that money is being wasted.  We believe that a significant part of the problem is that individuals who want to make the correct nutritional choices for themselves and their families are faced with a deluge of confusing and conflicting nutritional advice.  The goal of this website is to present you with the results of the latest in nutrition and health research, presented in a way that is easy to understand.

 

 

NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is brought to you by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation in partnership with Michael Greger M.D. Dr. Greger scours the world of nutrition-related research, as published in scientific journals, and brings that information to you in short, easy to understand video segments.  We also provide links to the original journal articles whenever possible so that you can source the information directly, if you so desire.

Michael Greger M.D.

Dr. Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues.  A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine. Click here for his current speaking schedule and here to send a speaking invitation.

The Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation

The Foundation was established in Toronto, Canada in the year 2000 by Jesse Rasch. Among the objectives of the Foundation is the funding of research into the role of health and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease and to ensure that the research results are appropriately disseminated to the medical profession.  The Foundation is also striving to educate the public on the enormous role that health and nutrition play in disease prevention.

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The Best Foods: test your nutrition knowledge

The Best Foods: test your nutrition knowledge

November 6, 2011 by Michael Greger M.D. in News with 11 Comments


Today I’m highlighting twenty questions from twenty NutritionFacts.org “best of” videos ranking different classes of foods. Ultimately, the “best” apple, bean, vegetable, etc. is whichever one you actually eat (in the same way that the “best” exercise is the exercise you actually do), but if you’re in a position to choose, then why not shoot for the best of the best?

The first 20 people to email me all 20 correct answers will win my latest nutrition DVD. Watch the videos for the answers and email me atnutritioncontest@gmail.com—and good luck!

1. The best apple:
a. Braeburn
b. Cortland
c. Empire
d. Fuji
e. Gala
f. Golden delicious
g. Golden nugget
h. Granny Smith
i. Honeycrisp
j. Idared
k. Red delicious

2. The best bean:
a. Black
b. Chickpea
c. Green split pea
d. Kidney
e. Lentil
f. Pinto
g. Yellow split pea

3. Best anticancer vegetable:
a. Acorn squash
b. Asparagus
c. Beets
d. Bok choi
e. Boston lettuce
f. Broccoli
g. Brussels sprouts
h. Carrot
i. Cauliflower
j. Celery
k. Cucumber
l. Curly cabbage
m. Eggplant
n. Endive
o. Fennel
p. Fiddlehead ferns
q. Garlic
r. Green bean
s. Green cabbage
t. Green onion
u. Jalapeno
v. Kale
w. Leek
x. Orange bell pepper
y. Potato
z. Radicchio
aa. Radish
bb. Red cabbage
cc. Romaine lettuce
dd. Rutabaga
ee. Spinach
ff. Tomato
gg. Yellow onion

4. The best cooking method:
a. Baking
b. Boiling
c. Frying
d. Griddling
e. Microwaving
f. Pressure cooking

5. The best mushroom (based on antioxidant content):
a. Button
b. Chanterelles
c. Morels
d. Oyster
e. Porcini
f. Shiitake

6. The best mushroom for breast cancer prevention:
a. Button
b. Chanterelle
c. Crimini
d. Enoki
e. Italian brown
f. Oyster
g. Portobello
h. Shiitake
i. Stuffing
j. Woodear

7. The best rice:
a. Black rice
b. Brown rice
c. Red rice
d. White rice

8. The best nut:
a. Almond
b. Brazil nut
c. Cashew
d. Macadamia
e. Pecan
f. Peanut
g. Pine Nut
h. Pistachio
i. Walnut

9. The best airplane beverage:
a. Apple juice from concentrate
b. Cranberry juice cocktail
c. Hot coffee
d. Hot tea
e. Orange juice from concentrate
f. Tomato juice from concentrate
g. Water

10. The best onion:
a. Red
b. White
c. Yellow

11. The best lentil:
a. Red
b. Green
c. French green

12. The healthiest sweetener:
a. Agave nectar
b. Blackstrap molasses
c. Brown rice syrup
d. Corn syrup
e. Dark brown sugar
f. Date sugar
g. Honey
h. Light brown sugar
i. Maple syrup
j. Raw cane sugar
k. Sugar
l. Turbinado sugar

13. The best low-calorie sweetener:
a. Acesulfame-K
b. Aspartame
c. Cyclamate
d. Erythritol
e. Saccharin
f. Stevia
g. Sucralose
h. Xylitol

14. Healthiest chocolate fix:
a. Baking chocolate
b. Chocolate syrup
c. Cocoa powder
d. Dark chocolate
e. Milk chocolate
f. Semi-sweet chocolate

15. The best tea:
a. Black
b. Green
c. White
d. Depends on whether you add lemon

16. Which is the healthiest soy food?
a. Edamame
b. Soy milk
c. Tempeh
d. Tofu

17. The best microscopic green:
a. Blue-green algae
b. Chlorella
c. Spirulina
d. None of the above

18. The better seed:
a. Chia
b. Flax

19. Most antioxidants per serving:
a. A half cup of acai berries
b. A half cup of blueberries
c. A half cup of cranberries
d. A half cup of goji berries
e. A handful of pecans
f. A pomegranate
g. A tablespoon of cocoa powder
h. A teaspoon of cinnamon
i. An apple
j. An artichoke
k. One black plum
l. One pear

20. Best antioxidant bargain:
a. Acai
b. Apples
c. Artichokes
d. Cinnamon
e. Cloves
f. Cranberries
g. Goji Berries
h. Pecans
i. Purple Cabbage

Email me your answers at nutritioncontest@gmail.com along with your mailing address to win!

-Michael Greger, M.D.