Is Fiber an Effective Anti-Inflammatory?



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  1. Hench Herbivore

    January 7, 2019 3:12 pm

    I don't know about it being anti-inflammatory, so I'm interested to find out! It certainly IS anti-disease. With so much irrefutable evidence, one HAS to wonder what on Earth is going through these "carnivore" eater's minds!?!

  2. Jessie Kanehl

    January 7, 2019 3:21 pm

    On a kidney diet they say no whole grains. I am really stressed about feeding my husband white rice and white flour bread because I know how unhealthy it is.


    January 7, 2019 3:23 pm

    This is one of the reasons legumes and whole grains are emphasized in my daily dozen checklist of all the healthiest of healthy foods to ideally fit into your daily routine. Available (for free of course!) as an app (Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen) on iPhone and Android. I just relaunched the Daily Dozen Challenge where I challenge YOU to get all of the boxes checked in one day. Read more about it here and get in on the fun:

  4. Legend011

    January 7, 2019 3:40 pm

    So I was vegan for 2 1/2 years eating beans and legumes a lot as I was told I should as vegan and it fixed all my problems…..Not. It lead to my gut hurting all the time and struggling to pass hard dark pellets like 7 times a day haha.

  5. Wo Long

    January 7, 2019 3:41 pm

    Fiber seems to trigger acid reflux for me. I used to eat 200 grams of fiber a day or more and that's what seems to have started the problem. Could you make a video about how much fiber is too much?

  6. Red Pill Vegan

    January 7, 2019 3:52 pm

    Where is Fiber on the beef and dairy checkoff?

    Must be some non-essential "nutrient" or some tenant of the vegan religion-agenda-cult-thingy.

  7. Emily BH

    January 7, 2019 4:51 pm

    Legumes have ZERO WATER unless you are sprouting and eating them RAW. GRAINS are HARDLY ideal…. and for an OPTIMAL diet they should be avoided. One obvious reason is they are a complex carbohydrate and turn to complex sugar. They have to be cooked and thirdly after cooking, they are VOID OF WATER which will contribute to constipation and weight gain.

    Try eating nothing but raw fruit and raw vegetables for a month and watch the pounds drop off and watch you regularity return and even your poop stop smelling.

    In fact to prove how toxic we all are, we could all go on a 10 day juice fast having nothing but freshly juiced fruit , during which time we are taking NO SOLIDS in at all, we will be STILL eliminating stored solid, putrified waste products, we ( who eat cooked foods), all walk around with.

    The OBJECT should be to GET A CLEAN GI TRACT AND LYMPHATIC/IMMUNE SYSTEM…. not just to cram more fiber into our bodies – especially if it is cooked.

  8. Rhyothemis princeps

    January 7, 2019 5:03 pm

    I'm all for fiber, especially resistant starch – but… constipation isn't always caused by lack of fiber. I was eating a fairly large amount of fiber for my caloric intake ( ~45 grams fiber for 1450 cal/day) and still had terrible constipation due to gut motility issues. I had thought it was due to being perimenopausal (hormonal changes can cause constipation and bloating), but after about two years of it I also started having bouts of orthostatic hypotension (dizziness on standing). Both problems went away after I started taking MitoQ (a CoQ10 derivative). I suspect the problem was neurological; though constipation is fairly common, it is also often the first symptom of neurodegenerative disease (e.g. Parkinson's*). I continue to eat a lot of beans, etc. and exercise a lot to try to stay healthy.

  9. sooooooooDark

    January 7, 2019 6:27 pm

    fuck legumes and grains
    anti food
    10000 years of mistakes justfied by bad science
    go go powerdegenerators

  10. Kathy Fausett

    January 7, 2019 6:39 pm

    Considering the time in which Hippocrates lived, don't you thing you're being a little hard on him? After all, he got a lot of things right (do no harm). I'm still undecided on the wandering uterus thing.

  11. Stella Elkhenizy

    January 7, 2019 6:56 pm

    My mum would get terrible constipation and her mood and psyche were clearly affected when she was going thru a particularly 'bad patch'.

  12. IAmAgainst

    January 7, 2019 7:04 pm

    And people eating low carb, with barely any fiber, have a c-reactive protein level close to zero because..

  13. A G

    January 7, 2019 7:41 pm

    I added inulin to my diet and it helps dramatically with constipation issues. I had to start off very slow with just tiny amounts and work up to now over 50 grams of inulin per day. I have heard that some of our ancestors may have eaten 130 grams of inulin per day. I keep building up to more and more inulin.

  14. JohnnyDaved

    January 7, 2019 8:04 pm

    I use valsalva manœuvre in my workout exercises… Does it increase the chance of having a stroke? I'm on plant based diet since more than 5 years and I do some strongman /powerlifting exercises.

  15. 4BoardAllDay4

    January 7, 2019 8:12 pm

    I was vegan for over 5 years, I did it specifically for the animals. I ate almost nothing but a variety of organic whole plant foods. Once I started incorporating high quality meat into my diet, I couldn’t ignore how much better I felt. I’m definitely absorbing certain nutrients a lot better now. I didn’t feel terrible as a vegan, I felt decent, but not at all at my best. And since I had some blood on my hands as a vegan, I figured the most logical decision was to feel at my best while having a little bit more blood on my hands. I’m sorry but my health comes first, then the animals. I wish it wasn’t true, I wish I could feel at my best as a vegan, I would love to continue representing the movement.

  16. Emily BH

    January 7, 2019 8:24 pm

    Common sense talk from Dr. Morse on Legumes including they are loaded with phytic acid and sulfur and hard to digest. What is so great about them he asks?..

  17. angelaisacliche

    January 7, 2019 11:22 pm

    I just throw a $1.50 can of mixed beans in almost everything. Stir fry? Tin of beans. Pasta? Tin of beans. Salad? Tin of beans. Cereal? Tin of beans. I also chuck in some frozen vegies while I'm at it. Getting everything you need is totally achievable and it's frustrating that people have this attitude that veganism is too expensive, restrictive, and time consuming. Cue head explosion from some of my overweight friends who think I'M unhealthy.
    My whole life I've had bowel issues like constipation, bloating, and a lot of flatulence but since I went vegan, or rather since I became a 'healthy vegan' as opposed to 'overflowing freezer' vegan, that's all changed. BO almost every day, no random bloating, no bum related embarrassment. My point is that the app is awesome and since I started using it my dietary habits have improved and I feel great. It's literally changed my life 😀

  18. small footprint

    January 7, 2019 11:32 pm

    When I think of all those years wasted suffering… Now, I notice that when I consciously 'clean up' my food intake, I wake up in the morning with less aches and pains; and the go is much better. Must be a glutton for punishment cause I eventually want to sample the vegan junk food and it starts all over again. Plus the weight gain… ooooh! Now, I'm off to the store to stock up on some good fibre foods. Love my beans and brown rice, to start. Has anyone noticed that Fred Meyer (Kroger) has a frozen mixture called, 'fiesta vegetables' or something like that… It's great to heat up with some brown rice (or?) It has broccoli, and other vegis, carrots, peppers, etc, and lots of beans. It's probably meant as a side dish, but I just heat it up with a fiber full starch, and whatever added herbs/spices, onion/garlic, etc… voila. Dinner. Just my 2 cents.

  19. John Paradise

    January 7, 2019 11:48 pm

    00:13 “Of course he also thought women were hysterical because of their wandering uterus.” So you’re telling me that’s not true? That a wandering uterus is totally benign? LOL

  20. The Artificial Society

    January 8, 2019 1:19 am

    What does someone do if it comes out so fast and so much pressure that you cant hold it in? I mean if it seems like your spending half the day going to the bathroom, is that a good thing?

  21. Chaz Lon

    January 8, 2019 3:00 am

    Do not take any advice from Dr. Greger! He is NOT a registered dietitian and therefore you cannot listen to his dietary advice!

  22. Bruceann Yellowega

    January 8, 2019 4:45 am

    Good information as always Doc. I learned a few things. 👍 Ever since I went plant based some days I will go five to six times. 🙃

  23. Mina Tadros

    January 8, 2019 5:46 am

    Whole-food plant based diet has personally helped a lot in this regard and trips to the bathroom are a joy now. Absolutely no strain required. My stools flow like water down a stream.

  24. Mike AN

    January 8, 2019 5:55 am

    When it comes to be that there's a soothing light at the end of your tunnel, it's just a fiber freight train coming your way…

  25. YM S

    January 8, 2019 6:49 am

    Women are not hysterical at all when they're on their period? I love you, doc, but… You cannot be serious with this one. I know women who cry if their boyfriends do not buy them stuff like chocolate, pads (I buy pads every month if my sanitary needs are paid for lol) and new clothes/panties. Like, there is so much you can buy every month fam…
    Also, one person in my family has to be out of work and socially isolate herself because she is hostile and hysteric when she's on her period.

    Note; I am a transguy. I know what periods feel like, nothing for me. So woman up and stop whining if you can't bear the stigma of being labeled hysteric.

  26. Shannon O'Neal

    January 8, 2019 2:56 pm

    Keep it up! Valuable information, well presented as always. One thing, nitpicking and immaterial perhaps. About 4:10 the cited study involves the Valsalva maneuver and you describe it as something like “bearing down” as if trying to move stool. I think that description is inaccurate. A Valsalva balances the pressure in the ears by forcing open whatever valves close them off. Pinch your nose, close your mouth, now attempt to blow out of your nose. Feel your ears pop? You just did a Valsalva maneuver.

  27. Joseph1NJ

    January 8, 2019 7:16 pm

    I'm betting a lot of people, especially as they age, walk around with constipation, and don't know it. The symptoms are often mild and ignored.

  28. John Edsall

    January 10, 2019 10:11 am

    A NYC EMS worker once told me that most times they were summoned, a death would have occurred while the deceased was on the toilet.

  29. Joseph1NJ

    January 15, 2019 8:05 pm

    "Poop talk?" Oz launched his TV career with that. Not a fan myself, but that series was informative for those who were unfamiliar wit the subject.

  30. Joseph1NJ

    January 15, 2019 8:12 pm

    When we were in college, many of my friends had part time jobs in super markets. One guy, barley 20, thin, athletic, non smoker, had hemorrhoid issues. Yeah, certainly unusual. He worked in the produce dept. The man spent all of working time stacking fruits and vegetables. Oh, the irony…

  31. LegacyEvoAce

    May 25, 2019 4:09 pm

    Very true but no where in here does it talk about water which should be mandatory in fiber videos. YOU NEED water and lots of it the more fiber you intake.


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