Food & Wine

Read This Before Drinking Your Next Morning Coffee

Longtime readers know that I love coffee…

So I was happy to hear the ruling this summer by the Nanny Police… the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)… finally removing coffee from the list of known cancer-causing agents, or carcinogens.

The Low-Fat Diet Delusion

Even as a new medical student, I knew the advice was utter nonsense.

Starting in the 1950s, docs started advising folks to use margarine and skim milk instead of butter and whole milk. It was the beginning of America’s delusion regarding low-fat diets.

This Common Grilling Mistake Could Make You Sick

It’s that time of year when most Americans break out the charcoal and lighter fluid.

Most Americans own a barbecue grill, and many grill at least twice a week during the summer.

How to Know if Your Local Seafood Joint Is Poisoning You

The hills of North Carolina aren’t known for fresh seafood.

During a recent visit, I was surprised to find the daily specials in two restaurants were a dangerous type of fish… tilefish.

Stock Your Medicine Cabinet With This Incredible Root

With spring in full bloom and the start of summer only a few weeks away, it seems like you should be safe from getting the flu.

But here in Baltimore, a stomach bug seems to be making another round in our office…

Do This Instead of Trying Another Useless Diet

As a doctor, I’m often asked for medical advice or to diagnose a strange cough or weird spot. But the worst question is…

“Doc, what’s the best diet for me to lose weight?”

The Best Way to Combat This Leading Cause of Death

Banana or cookie…

Which do you think would spike your blood sugar more?

Enjoy Your Eggs

Don’t believe the myths about eggs…

In 1999, I was sitting in a breakfast dive studying for medical school when I took a break and read the recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Take Two Tablespoons and Call Me in the Morning

Imagine going to the doctor and getting a prescription for olive oil.

It happened in a recent randomized trial from the University of Navarra in Spain. More than 4,000 women who had a high risk of cardiovascular disease participated in a study that included three treatment plans. One group followed a Mediterranean diet with extra olive oil, one followed a Mediterranean diet with extra nuts, and one followed a low-fat diet.

The Mediterranean diet is rich in fish, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and olive oil.

Here’s the exciting part: Women given the extra-oil diet had the lowest risk of developing breast cancer during the five-year trial. This finding backs up the evidence that olive oil has protective benefits for the immune system and may even fight cancer directly.

We’re fans of the Mediterranean diet here at Retirement Millionaire Daily. We’ve seen benefits including:



The Excruciating Feel-Good Food

It’s a food that only humans enjoy…

Most animals avoid it. And the ones that do eat it – like birds – are immune to its effects.

Eat too much of it and you could experience acid reflux, seizures, heart attacks, and even death. But its health benefits are incredible.

I’m talking about hot peppers.

The chemical responsible for a pepper’s hotness, capsaicin, is an irritant. All other animals avoid the unpleasant burning sensations caused by hot peppers. But humans enjoy the pain – cultures everywhere have spicy dishes.

That’s because capsaicin directly interacts with a receptor on our tongues called the vanilloid receptor, or TRV 1. TRV 1 helps us regulate our body temperature. When capsaicin triggers it, your brain thinks your tongue is actually on fire.

The heat of a pepper is measured in Scoville units. The more Scoville units, the hotter the pepper.