Michael Greger: Vegetarian industry doesn’t have millions to advertise like McDonald’s

Michael Greger is an American plant-based physician best known for his nutritional diet videos, which he makes freely available on his NutritionFacts.org website. Since 2007, the information resource has been replenished with evidence-based studies that more and more prove the harm of consuming animal food.

For me, that moment was a picture I saw on National Geographic 22 years ago: a puppy in a cage. Not in a shelter, not in a pet store, but in a meat market. I will probably never forget that sight. Later that day, during dinner, I was approached by the dog I grew up with. He looked at me with a look: “You will share with me, right?” It was the look of that puppy that I saw on TV. The only difference was that my pet asked for a small piece of meat, and that puppy asked for salvation. I looked back at the plate and really saw what was on it. To be honest, it took me a couple more months, but that was the last year I ate an animal.

Thanks for the kind words! Every year, I review all English-language nutrition publications for innovative ideas. I analyze about 1300 scientific publications a year, which turn into hundreds of videos I record on NutritionFacts.org.

As far as my sense of humor is concerned, I ascribe all my best qualities to dear mother!

If I’m not traveling, my breakfast is a green smoothie (parsley-mint-mango-strawberry-white tea-lemon-ginger-flaxseeds) during the warmer months, or porridge with walnuts, seeds, dried fruits and cinnamon during the colder months.

For lunch and dinner, this is something vegetable or legume with a spicy sauce. And a big salad, of course! My favorite snack option is baked french fries (sweet potato) breaded in chickpeas, kale leaves with fried beans and gravy. In autumn, I really love apples and dates!

This is one of the topics I cover on my website. The vast majority of people (over 99%) do not have celiac disease, a condition in which gluten must be avoided. While it may not be harmless for people with irritable bowel syndrome, for example, there is no need for healthy people to avoid gluten. By the way, I myself love buckwheat and quinoa!

I think the most common reason is that they don’t eat enough food. People are accustomed to eating a certain amount, but the former amount of food in the vegetable “equivalent” contains fewer calories. Thus, during the transition period, you should not limit yourself to the amount of food eaten.

You see, it’s extremely unlikely that a greengrocer will win the lottery or anything to spend millions of dollars on advertising every week like McDonald’s does. And until that happens, I’m afraid we’re left to rely on “enlightening” sites like

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