Finally a LEGIT Nutrition Study! | Wednesday Checkup

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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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  2. Bahirav Roshan on November 14, 2020 at 8:47 pm Absolute Nutrition.

  3. Alex Hippenhammer on November 14, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Wait…is this really the study you are referencing for why people shouldn’t eat processed foods? Sure, there are a lot of BS scientific studies that make headlines – and people would do well to ignore them – but even I am familiar with some of the research that’s being done on the direct impact of a natural foods diet on the gut biome, and the impact that this has on our overall health and well-being. There’s definitely a lot more to it than just "well if you eat processed foods, you’ll eat more, therefore it’s unhealthy".

    Also, the sample size of the study you are referencing seems way to small for it to be reliable. I have enjoyed your videos, but the way you fail to acknowledge the complexity of this topic really makes this video seem like misinformation. If you are going to make a video about eating healthy foods and put it in the category of "Education", you really have to do better than this.

  4. Quant Quill on November 14, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Dr Mike, preach it. It is insane that it is cheaper to buy completely nutritionally void, highly processed foods than something that’s a raw material straight from the ground. In-freaking-sane. Also, highly processed foods taste better *until* you break the sugar / processed food addiction, which took me just over 2 weeks in 2019. I’ve been on Plant Paradox Diet since March 28, 2019, lost 40 pounds, reduced swelling that went from ankles to knees, got rid of brain fog, more energy, better skin, etc. And, now, whole foods taste *much* better than anything processed. No cravings for the foods I used to over-eat (peanuts, cashews, candy bars, potatoes, cereal, chips, etc). I stay fuller longer, because I eat fewer carbs and more fat and protein, and I’m not stressing my body into trying to stop me from poisoning myself with foods I can’t process.

  5. Hasan QALIB on November 14, 2020 at 8:55 pm


  6. S. R. on November 14, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    I see, for the first time, doctor mike wearing a slightly loose shirt which does not stick to his skin.

  7. หฤทัย กิ่งแก้ว on November 14, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Poy poy uk

  8. Ellie Day on November 14, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Can you do a book review of the obesity code? I would looooove that

  9. Han Huynh on November 14, 2020 at 8:59 pm


  10. Rob on November 14, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Wheres the carnivore diet? MEEEEEEEATTTTT

  11. spiDDey on November 14, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    You’re *FINALLY* wearing a looser shirt

  12. Linda Easley on November 14, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    If you eat too much of any food you will gain weight .
    All calories are the same .A Kansas St university nutritionist proved this 10 years ago by eating nothing but 1800 calories a day of Twinkies and Ho-Ho’s for a month .He lost 15 pounds and his cholesterol and BP numbers improved.
    He also included exercise during the 30 days and vitamin supplements.
    This study is bogus

  13. Jose Hagting on November 14, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Could the fact that humans are apparently more likely to overeat processed foods also have something to do with the amount of undigestable parts in it? For example let’s compare an apple with apple juice. If you eat the whole apple, a not processed food, you take in a lot of fibre, which is not really digestable. If you drink the juice, you barely take in fiber. So that would mean that to take in the same amount of calories, you have to eat more apple, than you need to drink apple juice. The more you eat, the more you feel full. So if you primarily eat processed foods, you will have to eat more calories in order to feel full.
    So dr. Mike what do you think about this theory? I am very curious about that.

  14. Casey Andino on November 14, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    That little hehehe at the end so cute.

  15. Karen Day on November 14, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Can you do a video about low fat foods? Nutritionist push these foods on folks especially with coronary artery disease.

  16. AnastasiaSilvi on November 14, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    "..there’s people making millions on how to make that hamburger and candy taste that much better.."

    me who goes to uni studying food tech: ._.

  17. Equality For All on November 14, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    I believe we overeat when eating process foods because our body isn’t getting the proper nutrients therefore it’s still sending the signals to the brain that it’s hungry.

  18. Essjay56 on November 14, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    The 4 reasons that you give don’t entirely explain America’s weight problem since they are all equally valid here in Europe. To me the problem is food culture. In America you eat out much more than we do, it’s the norm to eat non-homemade food everyday. The portions served in your restaurants are enormous! Also you accept low quality fast food as the norm whilst as here we see it as "trashy" /"junky" food and only have it occasionally. In countries like France, Italy, Spain, etc people are really proud of their regional foods that have been developed over hundreds of years ( the wine, cheeses, Charcuterie etc.), it’s kind of food snobism in a way but it’s what keeps us from eating junk😉

  19. Amna K on November 14, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    That "he he" was so cute 🤭

  20. DeeDee on November 14, 2020 at 9:08 pm


  21. Super terrific on November 14, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    It is actually very common for dietary studies to be kept in a metabolic lab for a month. smh

  22. The Noobest Girl on November 14, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    No one:

    Dr Mike: *hehe*

  23. fsilber on November 14, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    So, will this result help us develop drugs that can better correct the health damages caused by overeating processed foods?

  24. Maegan Klein on November 14, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    I sit here eating my chocolate chip cookies while watching this 🤦‍♀️😂

  25. Annalise Rosik on November 14, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    You should have Abby the dietitian on your show!

  26. Draugen on November 14, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Watching while eating a meal made from canned corned beef. Hmm…

  27. Kate C on November 14, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Misfits market will deliver more than ten pounds of fresh organic fruits and vegetables to your home for $22. That’s about how much a trip to McDonald’s costs. Healthy food can be cheap.

  28. Moehkha Moeh on November 14, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Great Dr Mike.i like to eat chocolate.

  29. CHomab Cjabeb on November 14, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    What counts as processed food?

  30. velvetBiscuit on November 14, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    I am not even joking, I LOVE pot noodles. I stopped eating them often for almost a year (since it was affordable at uni), only had it once a month probably and cooked my own noodles without flavourings. Then this month I hate I think 2 pot noodles a week for a month and I gained 3 kg. It’s weirddddd, I’m vegetarian as well so I take care of what I eat so I dont deprive myself of nutrients. I haven’t eaten anything else that’s bad. After 2 weeks of not eating pot noodles I went back to my weight.

  31. PozotiveHealthRD on November 14, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    I think it would be important to also conduct a study with a combination of Whole Foods and processed foods.

  32. Dangelo Mateo on November 14, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    It would have been much better if I learned this particular diet guide, I would have get rid of that 14 pounds years back. I didn’t change my very own diet in any way or work out. It definitely curbs your own appetite but does not make you feel worked up. Google should help you to research it. Guide’s name is below.
    Bella Kaγozko
    good luck

  33. Super terrific on November 14, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    500 calories/day extra does not add up to 1lb of weight in 7 days. smh It is apparent you have no nutritional education. BMI matters in this equation.

  34. Debasish on November 14, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    how come you never talked about gluten? idrk if that is a legit thing.

  35. Conchitina Gusi on November 14, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    I honestly thought this video was too short 🙁 I wanted to learn more <3

  36. Vapor Goat on November 14, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    i think i might have a problem since ever since i got into kindergarten i stopped liking fruit, i just didn’t wanna eat it anymore, some vegetables too. i just… developed a disgust to them??? for so long i had no idea why, i don’t dislike the taste, i like candy in fruit falvors but actual fruit? gross. i know that’s bad and i wanna change that but hjdfgbnfbh whY DID I START HATING FRUIT

  37. melmol memel on November 14, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    I absorbed all the information in this video completely until it’s suddenly gone because docter Mike "he he" with his style *face palm* 🤣

  38. Kaitlyn Mayo on November 14, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    I’m eating chips ayoh and watching this video

  39. Ezra 456 on November 14, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Who would have thought that if you eat more you gain weight?

  40. Peaceful Blooms on November 14, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    A very good topic to learn about. Thank you doc.

    You look tired. Take care. 💛

  41. Hazel Equinox on November 14, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    I feel like there should be a requirement to get a license to do studies. I’ve legit lost trust in studies because there’s so much bullshit out there.

  42. KaruBlack on November 14, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    I have another theory. Since processed food is, well processed, that means part of the food is already partially broken down. Whole foods are not broken down and so your body must break down every molecule in order for the body to absorb the nutrients. Meaning you will feel full longer because it’s taking the body longer to process, reducing over eating.

  43. Becca M on November 14, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    As someone who’s naturally slim, I’ve never been too focussed on calories or worried about weight gain. I generally eat lots of whole foods as I was brought up on a healthy diet and I’m now vegan so eat a lot of veg and pulses, grains etc. Since lockdown I’ve actually put on a few pounds and was regularly turning to crisps and chocolate to snack on. I wasn’t eating too many but without me working I haven’t been as active and I actually put on 5llbs 😳 I’ve cut out my snacking on unhealthy foods and I’m trying to be a little more active. Whilst I am craving some of my snack foods I’ve actually found I can go for longer in between meals without snacking. I think I was just used to reaching for food when I was bored. Now I’m reaching for fruit instead, which is good as I didn’t eat too much fruit before. Watching calories is strange, but as I’m getting older I want to get a hold on being careful about my diet and exercise as I don’t want it to get out of hand and be in a bad place, before I realise I should be better. The hardest thing is shifting the tiny bit of belly wobble I have, I know my hormones are starting to fight against me so it’s going to be an uphill battle 💪🏻 I’m not a natural when it comes to exercise, but I’m trying ✊🏻✌🏻

  44. bobby millwood on November 14, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    The highly processed food didn’t make them gain weight , overeating did. Not that I think processed food is good for you , but if you eat less calories from processed food it’s not gonna make you fat. Might make you unhealthy and not get enough nutrients but not fat.

  45. Doug The Moleman on November 14, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Love your stuff, but I really wish there were a "skip peewhoop" button.

  46. thrice113 on November 14, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    I wonder what differences there will be if subjects were restricted to the same number of calories, but groups remained separated by highly/minimally processed meals

  47. Mawethu Sambo on November 14, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    1:01 i was expecting a "peeewop"


  48. Jezza Panthier on November 14, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    The title should have been “finally! A study I agree with”

  49. Goombasquaddie on November 14, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Please make a video about Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Low-FO(O)DMAP-diet, and if qe need vitamin supplements (for example, is rhe absorption of D reduced for us?)

  50. gabrielamonken on November 14, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    he gives me josh peck vibes

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