Taste buds gone wild! The costs & diseases of affluence

Are your taste buds like Lindsay Lohan: unable to resist the rewards of affluence? Dr. Neal Barnard explains while responding to Chef Adam Gopnik's comment that healthy food is "peasant food" and "the food of deprivation." Barnard also talks about how cheap, unhealthy food drives up medical expenses for families and governments.

"Every sensible researcher is probably going to become a vegan"

Dr. Neal Barnard responds to comments from Dr. Marion Nestle and New York Times reporter Melissa Clark, who said they wouldn't want information from vegetarian researchers.

Dr. Barnard compares current nutritional researchers who eat meat to early smoking researchers who used tobacco. He asks: "How are you ever going to have decent research if it's done by people who are still eating cheeseburgers and all that kind of junk? It's hard to be objective."

Also in this interview, eating low-fat vegan meals is better for diabetics than following the American Diabetics Society guideslines, he says, describing one of his studies.

I interviewed Dr. Neal D. Barnard at the International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference (IACP) in New York City on April 3, 2012. He's the author of 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart.

Learn more at his sites:

Physicians Committed for Responsible Medicine

21-Day Vegan Kickstart