We all want to know how to eat in a way that will not only fuel our bodies but also ensure optimal health and longevity. It seems like a pretty simple quandary, but unfortunately, it is rather difficult to find a straight answer these days. With the explosive popularity of wellness and lifestyle writing and blogging, there seems to be a new trend in “healthy eating” every other day. On one hand it can be great to have such a wealth of information at the end of a simple Google search, but on the other, it can be incredibly hard to discern which foods are good for you and which are bad – and then within those categories, there are foods that are better or worse.

Following a plant-based diet has been shown to provide many health and longevity benefits (just take a look at the Blue Zones), but even within this segment, many people have questions about the healthfulness of soy and whether or not processed meat and dairy replacers are actually good for you. These are questions that Dr. Michael Greger sees all the time and he recently sat down to address some of them in an episode of the #EatForThePlanet with Nil Zacharias podcast.

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Dr. Greger is a renowned physician, the New York Times bestselling author of How Not to Die, and an internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues, particularly the benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet and the harms of eating animal products.

In this conversation, Dr. Greger breaks down his “traffic light” system for healthy eating and explains how making simple shifts in your diet can result in some pretty incredible health outcomes. He also dives deeps into plant-based meats and processed foods and highlights the important things consumers need to keep an eye out for on ingredient labels. It is traditionally held that whole foods are better than processed ones, but when it comes to meat versus a “processed” meat replacement, Dr. Greger highlights the key nutrition points to compare. For example, he explains that while plant-based meat replacements are free of highly concerning things like cholesterol or TMAO, their sodium content can be comparatively high. With these and other tips in mind, Dr. Greger provides some very well-rounded advice that anyone who is looking to make better food choices can follow.

He doesn’t only speak from a consumer’s perspective, in this interview, Dr. Greger calls out food producers for their shortcomings and offers a few critical suggestions that can help manufacturers create better plant-based products.

This is an information-packed interview that anyone who is looking to improve their health can learn something from! To hear more of Dr. Greger’s tips to eat well and live long, listen in:

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Are Processed Vegan Meats Good for You? Dr. Michael Greger, Co-Author of 'How Not To Die' Weighs in

You can listen to the full episode below or on the following platforms: iTunesGoogle PlaySpotifyStitcher.

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