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What’s A Whole Food Anyway?

October 10, 2019

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  • Reply Anthony Nales January 3, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    I like Dr. McDougall’s approach

  • Reply Its Katt January 4, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Where does bread fall into the stop light spectrum ??

  • Reply Ash Underwood January 4, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Can you have nutritional yeast??

  • Reply LegacyEvoAce January 4, 2018 at 9:10 pm Fruit smoothies

  • Reply Joshua Nuss January 9, 2018 at 2:31 am

    How do berries relate to bananas instead of apples and oranges in terms of hypoglycemia? You presented studies for apples and bananas (thank you!) but where to berries lie! Thanks!

  • Reply Just a Dude in the Woods - Stevie Outdoors January 10, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Yo Mic, love the channel dude. Can I ask what about brown pasta,?

  • Reply TheaDragonSpirit January 15, 2018 at 12:52 am

    I read up on it, and I'm 99% sure the fibre isn't destroyed by blenderizing, but broken down so the micro biome can easily deal with it. I bet the sugar spike is due to not drinking at the same rate as eating. As in you can drink faster than you can eat fruit causing a blood sugar spike. Where as with juicing the fibre is defiantly removed, so your micro biome doesn't get that benefit. In my view blending is still better than juicing in most cases, however juicing greens is defiantly beneficial.

  • Reply Myheart2yours January 27, 2018 at 4:58 am

    So soy milk is a big no-no for kids then? Ugggh

  • Reply Timothy Hinton January 28, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Geez idk, I have been eating liking a normal person my 40 years and I am fine

  • Reply TheMatron'sMilitia February 10, 2018 at 10:45 am

    I see, as I drink coffee with syrup cocoa and soy milk.

  • Reply Louise M-D February 11, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    esselstyn is right ,fruits smoothies cause cirrhosis of liver,I believe cuz I have Hereditary Fructose Intolerance serious liver deficiency..where fruits,especially man made fruits n veggies,cause migraine vomiting violent 2 days,use wild fruits n veggies have less glucose / fructose

  • Reply Louise M-D February 11, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    big thanx..processed is concentrated n liver gets exhausted from trying to fix this unbalanced things

  • Reply Louise M-D February 11, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    ecoatkins list of foods allowed

  • Reply Louise M-D February 11, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    I can eat only Macintosh Apple's less sugar,eat plantains but not bananas

  • Reply Louise M-D February 11, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    most nuts been genetically changed,all sweets no sweet potatoes,sweet peppers roots

  • Reply Louise M-D February 11, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    live n work like Hunza s,Okinawans, in nature communes

  • Reply Pine cone February 16, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Can you do a video on water ? – tap water, distilled water, boiled water.

  • Reply Vault Boy Steve February 18, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    My smoothies will never leave me! I'll risk it. Although I never put apples or citrus fruits in my smoothies, just greens, berries and bananas 😁

  • Reply E M February 21, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Excelente ,hey how about HONEY

  • Reply robertusga March 2, 2018 at 2:13 am

    You rock dude, FANTASTIC summary!!!

  • Reply Andrea Calio March 15, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Why is this a video about reversing heart disease? I don't have any heart problems and just wanted to know what whole foods are.

  • Reply Hersh Batkin April 3, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    What about endurance sports and glucose? I see some vegan cyclists in particular that put sugar or juice their water bottles and eat sugary dried fruits while on long rides.

  • Reply Indecisive April 16, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Is protein powder a problem mixed into a flour? So like, 2/3 cup of whole wheat with 1/3 cup of 1/3

  • Reply RMZ 450 April 19, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    So juicing and fruit and veg smoothies and nuts are no good, As part of a standard vegan diet. Bummer, I thought these were all real health, this is gonna end up a never ending rabbit hole.

  • Reply Taylor Connolly April 25, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Hey Mic the Vegan! Thank you so much for all of your videos 😀 I have learned so much from tuning in. You said it was okay to ask questions so here's one for you if you don't mind. I have been vegan for about ten years now, and I usually air on the side of caution when it comes to processed foods. Recently, I have been learning more about the oil in my diet, and I have decided to cut out the coconut oil/sesame oil/olive oil. As of now there is one thing in my pantry that I look at with a side glance and that is coconut milk (canned, organic, from whole foods, usually use it to make some kind of curry or Thai style sauce). I think I've gotten way too comfortable using this stuff. Now that I’m thinking more about oils, I am also thinking about this coconut milk (which is pretty much just coconut fat) I am wondering if its effect on blood, cholesterol, and arteries is similar to its close relative coconut oil? Thanks again!

  • Reply Rachel Singleton April 29, 2018 at 7:06 am

    What's your take on salt? Some of the plant-based doctors (McDougall, Pat Popper) seem to say salt is ok. Others are really concerned by them. Where do you stand Mike?

  • Reply Georganne Collett April 30, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    In dr esselstyns book p. 121
    he says to "eat soy products cautiously. Many are highly processed and high in fat. Use "light" tofu. Avoid soy cheese which almost always contains oil and casein". After having read his books over and overr again …talked to him over the phone on several occasions asnd listened to him on ted talks over and over, im sure he's more concerned about fat from soy products affecting the arteries of his heart patients, than any weight loss issue. Ive honestly never heard or seen him reference weight loss?….the assumption being that just naturally happens on his strict version of WFPB no added fat diet…thought that may interest you
    Geor ganne

  • Reply Georganne Collett April 30, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Yes….caldwell esselstyn says his stricter no added fat diet is "plant perfect"..(perfect for reversing heart disease) his son's is "plant strong" (for people with no disease)

  • Reply Ben Jones May 4, 2018 at 4:07 am

    lol.. eating the tea bag

  • Reply jortega61924 May 7, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    🤔🤔doesn't fruit and carbs spike insulin aka blood sugar.

  • Reply Agata Antosik May 7, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Is a litre of soya milk a day too much? Can it worsen acne?

  • Reply Fia’s thoughts May 19, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Great video as always:)

  • Reply Daves ArtRoom May 24, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    So is juicing ok with a juicer and drinking it right away?

  • Reply John May 28, 2018 at 4:14 am

    Superbly informative.

  • Reply Amber G. May 29, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I'm a little bit annoyed by Esselstyn's argument for juicing as an added way to bulk up on veggies you normally wouldn't eat in a day's time: "Do not juice. Fructose separated from fiber is too rapidly absorbed and injurious. You lose the benefits of fiber best obtained eating the fruit. Chew your food."

    If I'm getting my fiber from actually eating the vegetables, I don't know why juicing would be just thrown out the window as a crap idea right from the get-go.

  • Reply angelica vences June 8, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    is mole a whole food? xD

  • Reply Joania Smithia June 16, 2018 at 1:23 am

    I prefer tempeh.

  • Reply No One’s Entitled to a Platform June 16, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    that puree thing really threw me for a loop

  • Reply mike obrien June 25, 2018 at 5:19 am

    So, eat the apple, leave the tree.

  • Reply badmoon722 June 29, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    I’m sorry, did you say your body’s natural growth hormone production is bad? So how are you going to grow those beta muscles of yours without growth hormones floating around? Lol no wonder you are so frail.

    And yet you claim there are natural vegan body builders out there… they must be on steroids then…

    I bet you are one of those guys that gets 50-70 grams of protein in each day and thinks that’s good enough to build your body. Lol

    Look at that pencil neck… why bother with the beard? You already look pathetically beta as it is.

  • Reply George Garner July 11, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    I like the dash diet better

  • Reply Ramona teagarden August 16, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Very good information, needed to know the science behind specific foods. Thanks for posting.

  • Reply Laurence de Carle August 21, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Are pea protein and brown rice protein safe?

  • Reply Kenz Maddoc August 24, 2018 at 3:05 am

    Some of the studies mentioned were from the 70’s. Although I appreciate all the information, I would love to see more modern studies referenced.

  • Reply Green Future September 5, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    The whole food, as it is, unadulterated. There are a variety of beneficial plants that have specific properties and benefits that can not be stemmed to a single nutrient or property. Such as the wild lettuce (virosa and cousins), containing opiate like properties without being an opioid. Acts mildly on the nervous system like an opiate, hence the name opium lettuce. The milky white latex has properties that can not be replicated in a lab setting so the "Whole" plant is required for the aforementioned effects.

    Essentially, the whole Apple is better than Apple juice. The fibre content helps to balance and regulate the intake of the sugars and provides other benefits on the digestive system and intact plant fibre is a key contributor to proper nutrient absorption.

  • Reply Lucky Hanger 13 September 8, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    great description!!!!

  • Reply Tiger Lilly September 9, 2018 at 7:41 am

    7:01 tofu is 40 percent fat? did he mean butter?….tofu is bout 4% fat

  • Reply Tiger Lilly September 9, 2018 at 7:46 am

    what does juicing carrots and beets do to blood sugar?

  • Reply Gallopeermeneer September 9, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Love the critical view on green smoothies, even though I like em. Any idea on reviewing the presence of berries to that? Greger is a big fan of adding berries to reduce the speed or sugar absorption.

  • Reply Stan Karas September 14, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    @6:24 you say that bananas don't spike blood sugar, but it your blood sugar (N=1) video, wasn't it spiked to a "diabetic levels"?

  • Reply Sascha Cajandig September 17, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Also… tempeh?

  • Reply Big Butt October 7, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Aaaaa thank you for addressing the whole eating disorder aspect. That’s so helpful and respectful

  • Reply Christopher Har V October 18, 2018 at 6:03 am

    I trust that the little saturated fat in nuts will be handled reasonably by my body, because FIBER!
    Dates as sweetener FTW
    also i've read that stevia doesn't spike blood sugar and can actually help stabilize it, making it a great sweetener for that WFPB life.

  • Reply jaagupcool6 October 22, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    can someone give an easy explanation to why freshly squeezed juice is not healthy either? i'd like to know how to easily explain it.

  • Reply Nerdy Keith October 25, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    This really clarified a lot for me

  • Reply Raghu Seetharaman November 9, 2018 at 9:44 am

    My dad is a nutrients and he says u need meat to survive

  • Reply debilnypes dedinsky svätý December 7, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    I fuckin hate you as whole.

  • Reply Daniel Thrasher December 12, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    I cant watch all your videos fast enough!!! Love your down to earth way of being so informative!!

  • Reply Xela D December 21, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    I wanna know if dates are worse blended? Is a date and banana smoothie good?

  • Reply Sarah Ichi December 25, 2018 at 5:01 am

    Banana blueberry kale or spinach (or both!) maybe add some hemp or chia with orange herbal tea. My go-to smoothie 😋

  • Reply tbmcnation February 1, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    LMAO the crack @ nikocado avocado in the last 10 seconds

  • Reply Monique Davenport February 3, 2019 at 3:15 am

    what are your views of seitan?

  • Reply L February 14, 2019 at 6:39 am

    now it's probably because I'm coming from a background of mental health issues( and I revisited this video), I appreciate the broad view without it losing it's point of looking at what a whole food is. Pointing out that there is a gradient of what foods make the "whole" food cut, while still holding to a level headed approach is really refreshing and encouraging.
    Looking at Grade A and Grade B tracks; addressing the health benefits to reversing disease and the mental health aspects of if you need to eat something not so great go ahead if you're in an airport.
    The fact that you are delving into topics that span into the mental health realm such as eating disorders and offering to interview someone…

  • Reply Planet of Ether February 14, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Maple Syrup messes with my blood sugar like nothing else. I'm Canadian, so this upsets me a great deal 😉

  • Reply Bethany Day February 17, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Love this vid. That's why i prefer processing my foods myself lol. Cause then I watch my Whole Food Nuts turn into Whole Food Nut Butter or Whole Food Nut Milk (well more like coconut/oat/hemp milk cause I'm not a huge fan of nut milks), that way there is no question about it being Whole Foods. lol. Though I still love those japanese rice or sweet potatoe glass noodles. Yum.

  • Reply The Beautiful Little Fool March 4, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    You explain things so well and I feel like I have a much better understanding of this now.

  • Reply Ginan Acosta March 13, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Great info!

  • Reply noelia gil paredes March 16, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Thanks for all this info. Great content. Olive oil unhealthy? Ouch. 😥Greetings from Spain.

  • Reply Ian C Tubman March 17, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Makbang videos. Haha. I notice many kpop artists like making demos of their foods.

  • Reply Fran Demaline March 21, 2019 at 3:45 pm


  • Reply Spondoolie March 30, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Hack: drink the smoothie after your fiber-rich meal

  • Reply El Pretender April 6, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    What to do if I am vegan, try to avoid oil as much as I can but still having acne at age 19?
    I am kind of a nerd, except I dont use videogames but still far from the sunlight most of the day due to studdy and homework, and only practice exercise once per week 1 hour.

  • Reply cheezhead Z April 9, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    People mistakenly take the word "whole" literally and I think that's where a lot of confusion begins. I found it summed up nicely in this quote: "Whole Food Plant Based doesn't describe every food item that goes in our mouths, it describes a WAY of eating. It's basically a brand name of a movement, not a descriptor of individual food items."

  • Reply NappyHalo April 10, 2019 at 2:44 am

    Hi Michael what oil would you recommend instead of olive oil?

  • Reply Nathan is a person April 13, 2019 at 1:31 am


  • Reply betzi b April 14, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Dr esselstyn's restrictions sound so depressing

  • Reply Heartsapphire May 5, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Can you debunk some of the things max lugavere posts on Instagram? Thanks!

  • Reply Rose Water May 17, 2019 at 12:39 am


  • Reply Jeanne Amato May 30, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Love your level headed approach to most everything

  • Reply Magdalena Ma June 1, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Thank you Mike!!! For making these videos, I love them!!! They are very informative and helpful🙏🏻🤗🌺

  • Reply Damian Alejandro June 7, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    I blend bananas with oatmeal. Is that wrong?

  • Reply Seven Ellen June 13, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    O_O I'm never eating olive oil again.

  • Reply Melissa .Garrett June 17, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    I consider anything that is made without chemical ingredients or chemical processing as “wholefoods”, but you also need to exclude anything that has large amounts of added sugar/salt/fat/etc. For instance, whole grain bread is wholefood (if it’s free of chemicals), but a donut full of sugar and fried in oil isn’t. But that’s just how I decide for myself because I have no issues with cholesterol, heart disease, etc.

  • Reply DEEPAK hiranandani June 22, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Thank you, another good video. However I feel flours might have been better covered. Whole wheat flour was mentioned briefly; do you have any views on stone ground flour vs steel roller ground flour; then I believe sourdough breads have a lower glycaemic index than yeast risen ones. (I don't eat any flours, bread or flour products; my grains are boiled whole brown rice and sorghum, sometimes barley seeds of which only a skinless type is available here.) For those who eat it, wholewheat pasta is acceptable I suppose though made of finely ground flour? But as you did stress grey areas abound; the overall idea of a spectrum and one's goals was well made, and many good specific examples. Thanks.

  • Reply MrJamesdryable June 26, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I'll give ya some nut butter…

  • Reply Sally Bataire July 5, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    I was so happy to hear bananas and berries are fine in smoothies because I drink that every day 😂

  • Reply my_youtube July 6, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    I don't get it… before it ends up in my stomach I chew it. there is no difference than drinking a smoothie then

  • Reply Theresa Higginson July 8, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Great video! I didn’t know lots of this, as a vegan whos on the lower end of healthy weight and overthinks a lot, its good to know how healthy stuff is and then just moderate amounts. Cleared up my confusion on smoothies and nut butters and syrup and just yep its not an all or nothing thing like my mind sometimes thinks! Slowly improving my diet but working on adding more healthy stuff instead of cutting out less healthy stuff as I’d like to put on some weight (often neglected in wfpb talk)

  • Reply Yariel Cruz July 12, 2019 at 3:13 am

    so much restriction geez. as a low rank member of the military living in the barracks with no kitchen just a hot plate, rice cooker, and a blender, not eating animal products in general will have to do lol this is like god level, where you have your own house with a lot of time and your own lil kitchen and most importantly, MONEY so you can buy overpriced healthy foods every grocery run. When people say everything kills you these days, it really is true. im just gonna do my part and recycle and not eat animals. thatll do.

  • Reply PotatoJam July 20, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Ok good we have that settled then

    Tofu is the ultimate food to be consumed without limits

  • Reply Nora Di Leo August 1, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Honestly I don’t understand half of the scientific things you’re saying but you sound smart and I’m liking it

  • Reply zöe weitzeil August 3, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Is wine a whole food?

    (Lol jk)

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  • Reply Victoria Powers September 7, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Properly planning meals are SO IMPORTANT. Plus people don’t realize how a past or present eating disorder affects the transitioning phase of veganism.

  • Reply Caro Vazquez September 15, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    I mix my smoothie with a whole bunch of greens orange pineapple or sometimes mangos flaxseed chia seed.. it’s never just fruit…please tell me this is ok😅

  • Reply Devin Morris September 25, 2019 at 12:34 am

    I can do without oils but still eat my nuts and blend smoothies. I think some of the stuff he said is a bit too exrreme for me but hes right everyone has different goals and everyone has to decide where the line is.

  • Reply Doina Campean - gmail September 25, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Thanks for clarifying some details!!!

  • Reply Marcia Baylor October 3, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Mic, what about TVP?

  • Reply Jay Gill October 3, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Does Pea protein also cause a spike in IGF1, thereby causing a risk of cancer?

  • Reply Ebony Lady October 9, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Hi, What do you think about Orgain vegan protein powder?

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