Whether you’re wondering if doctors recommend a plant-based diet or you’re new to the idea of eating a whole food plant-based (WFPB) diet for weight loss, you’ll find these seven TED talks on a whole food plant-based diet by physicians packed with the information you’re looking for.
However, these plant-based diet TED talks are presented for informational purposes. Consult your physician for medical advice.
A plant-based diet involves a lifestyle change that arises doubts and fears, in ourselves and our dear ones. So it’s important to be well documented to embrace the experience.
These are the seven TED talks on a whole food plant-based diet by doctors curated for this article:
To watch these TED talks you’ll need to block out approx. 1 hour and 42 minutes. Below, you’ll find each conference highlights and the time the info shows up to help you get the most out of all the content.
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1. The Plant-Based Diet by Michael Greger, M.D.
0:32 – 1:28 Dr. Greger talks about how Dr. Ornish and colleagues demonstrated that heart disease can be reversed by lifestyle and diet changes decades ago. He experienced this through his grandmother who reversed her heart disease eating a healthy diet.
3:58 – 6:55 Dr. Greger points out a study published by a group of researches in New Zealand (2017) that shows how participants lost weight eating a low-fat whole food plant-based diet and kept the weight off a year later with no portion restriction.
8:53 – 10:18 Dr. Greger emphasizes eating more plant-based food with the cell walls intact and less processed plant-based food, such as fruit juice, sugar, refined grains, and even whole grains flours.
11:14 – 14: 46 What happens when people switch to a keto diet. The keto diet vs the plant-based diet.
2. Food as Medicine by Michael Greger, M.D.
3:12 – 4:54 Pritikin, a lifestyle medicine pioneer, treated Dr. Greger’s grandmother from heart disease. Pritikin took his dieting ideas from Uganda, Africa.
Coronary disease is almost non-existent in Uganda. Meanwhile, it’s the number one cause of death in the United States.
8:46 – 9:04 Dr. Greger presents a study that shows the #1 cause of disability and death in the United States is the diet.
9:16 – 18:07 Dr. Greger discusses the disconnection between science and the practice of medicine.
3. The Most Powerful Strategy for Healing People and the Planet by Michael Klaper, M.D.
8:20 – 9:07 Dr. Klaper talks about chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and all the inflammatory diseases. How the food causes these conditions in the body. Also, how these diseases go away with a plant-based diet.
13:02 – 14:36 Nutrigenomics. Food brings in nutrients, but also information.
14:37 – 17:38 The problem with modern medicine. It’s necessary for doctors to address the diet as part of treating their patients.
4. Making Heart Attacks History by Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D.
2:56 – 7:19 Dr. Esseltyn talks about three patients who successfully reversed heart disease.
7:30 – 10:37 How people injure their arteries.
10:38 – 12:47 What to do to stop injuring our arteries.
13:17 – 13:41 Dr. Esselstyn presents the results of four studies showing the percentage of recurring cardiac events after four years.
Dr. Esselstyn’s result is 0.5% and the other studies’ results are 20% on average.
5. Power Foods for the Brain by Neal Barnard, M.D.
0:42 – 2:12 Alzheimer’s disease.
3:34 – 6:00 Saturated fat. Alzheimer’s and memory problems linked to saturated fat consumption. Genes are not destiny.
6:01 – 8:29 Metals in the brain.
8:30 – 12:52 Vitamin E. Antioxidants found in nuts, seeds, and fruits with deep purple color such as grapes and blueberries.
14:33 – 16:06 Exercise recommendations.
6. The Food We Were Born to Eat: John Mcdougall
0:12 – 0:14 Starches such as rice, corn, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
7:12 – 9:06 What’s the diet for human beings?
16:18 – 16:36 Eating starches, fruits, and vegetables.