Vegan Diet or Mediterranean Diet: Which Is Healthier?

Vegan Diet or Mediterranean Diet: Which Is Healthier?

What’s healthier: a vegan diet or the Mediterranean Diet? Neal Barnard, M.D., clears up the confusion in a presentation from the International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine on Aug. 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Learn more about a plant-based diet at


  1. B on February 14, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    The human Brain is 60% fat, you need to get it from somewhere. You may have a wonderful beating heart but your brain has become dried up.

  2. Ed Sutton on February 14, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    Has anyone addressed the issues of escalating diseases in animals that can pass through the food-chain as a vector to human consumers , feed lot practices, fish farming practices, food chain toxin buildup, agricultural chemicals (topical & systemic ) .

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  4. Al Busha on February 14, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    No Sir no no no! With all due respect to this doctor I come from a Mediterranean country and I will never be vegan or anything of that sort as I like to enjoy all kinds of foods. But I was wondering if in this doctor’s mind Mediterranean means only Italy, Greece, France and Spain??? Does he know that in Morocco they bake their bread in Sahara’s sand! Does he know that in my country Albania many people live 100+ years? And there is a whole range of north African countries along Mediterranean Sea and then you Israel, Cyprus, Lebanon, Turkey etc etc! Come on doc; Mediterranean diet is by far THE BEST in World! Period.

  5. Kynda Machrous on February 14, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    My father was Lebanese but born in America Although his parents cooked Middle Eastern food my mom had to learn and she used to say it’s very healthy to ask for vegan I can’t say I believe in it 100%

  6. Ellesar Telcontar on February 14, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    Well, not sure about the research. But, I started Mediterranean diet couple of months ago. My stomach is not bloated anymore, I do not have strong urges to digest food, energy levels are normal? I am sure there are alot of positive things involved in it.

  7. Stefan Albu on February 14, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Where will we die? In the hospital? Do you trust those in the hospital to die there? I want to die at home

  8. kt1pl2 on February 14, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    What I really hate is you watch one video and get told one thing and then you watch another one and get told something completely different.

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  10. Mattias DahlstrΓΆm on February 14, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Our brain is 80% cholesterol… this guy is not as correct as he thinks he is.

  11. B on February 14, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    This doctor does not tell you that we nee cholesterol or you would be in a mess. Hormones, hormones, hormones.

  12. Lorrie Gallardo on February 14, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    I vote Mediterranean

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  14. William Lovett on February 14, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    The problem with all this BS is that most plant based food tastes terrible vs. pork, steak, eggs, cheese, salmon. Most of the old people you will ever meet are omnivores who ate meat. People die because they eat too much. If you want to talk about things that kill you, there are smoking, opioids, COVID-19, and inner-city violence. Eat reasonably and your food, whether broccoli or chicken wings will not kill you.

  15. Sweetheart Care Bear on February 14, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you! I am glad to have this information because I’m trying to lose weight and lower my blood sugar and high blood pressure.

  16. ibrahim nabith on February 14, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    70% non starchy vegs 15% healthy meat and remaining healthy fats.

  17. Kaylene Dawn Buteau, Fitness BUJO, MRM Author on February 14, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    I’m writing a graphic memoir about my mother, and I was wondering if you or anyone else could tell me, if someone never ate green lettuce, seafood, nuts, or seeds, what nutrient do you think they may be lacking?

  18. B on February 14, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Fruit is sugar……

  19. Travis on February 14, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    "It’s a challenge for the body to turn bread into body fat"… it’s as if the presenter has never heard of insulin. Recent studies around the relationship between blood sugar, insulin, and obesity would indicate that it is in fact quite easy for the body to turn bread into body fat and that is in fact the cause of much obesity.

  20. Richard Hoffman on February 14, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    I’m vegan and mediterranean. My diet is plant-based Mediterranean hahah

  21. juan monge on February 14, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Two or three generations ago, before fast food restaurants or even before everyone had a refrigerator in their home. Working people supplemented their food supply by growing their own vegetables, or buying fresh food from push carts or local markets. It wasn’t unusual for homes to keep chickens or goats. Many had β€œvictory gardens”. There is a section of Toronto that was known as β€œ Cabbage town”, because people grew cabbages on their front lawns.
    During the Second World War when the armies in Europe took all the meat away. The local population had to resort to growing their own food. Later on it was discovered that people stopped dying of heart disease. They were still dying of other things like : tuberculosis and malnutrition. The so called Mediterranean diet is a variation of the way people used to it. Fresh local vegetables, in season. In addition to some local fish or farm animals.

  22. Juan Ramos. Jr. on February 14, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Yet the Mediterranean people live to 100. Hmm, interesting πŸ€”

  23. beepbeepnj on February 14, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    This 104 year old retired HS math teacher has a good diet with Vitamin H for humor or is Vitamin H really for Biotin?

  24. Alejandra Escobedo on February 14, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you for the content. Super insightful!

  25. elbert Poh on February 14, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Food cholesterol not elevate the blood cholesterol

  26. ken snyder on February 14, 2022 at 11:19 pm


  27. Joe Orta on February 14, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    So the participants of the mediterranean diet were not put on a full mediterranean diet?

  28. Samira Orchard on February 14, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    mediterranean diets are better

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  31. Shaun on February 14, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Exact opposite of most the other books I’ve read 😨

  32. Roman Mclean on February 14, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    It’s all so confusing,one says vegan,the other keto,carnivore,and the list goes on,the same people eating a carnivore diet ,blood work after a few years all perfect blood work,what i would like if someone like Dr Eric Berg the keto advocate would jump on here and give his two cents,or all of the different diet advocates all get together and discuss this debate,it would go on for ever.All these diets have one thing in common,they all cut out sugar and processed foods and that there will make you a healthier person all round no matter if your on a high meat diet or a vegan diet.

  33. C H on February 14, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    I think they die because they smoke so d. Much, but in their favor they consume what they produce, fresh, Dr. Bernard, can you make a video, comparing fresh food vs food that had been pick per weeks before you consume it, how long has to pass before fresh vegetables start loosing their nutrients? Mediterranean eat, what they have in season, Americans eat what is in season in another countries!

  34. Jake Wiese on February 14, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    I stopped listening at the eggs are bad for you part

  35. Mary Dale on February 14, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    My dad ate all meat and fish and he lived until he was 99

  36. Read My About Page on February 14, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Mediterranean without a doubt

  37. Nora Zelaya on February 14, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    I like these types of videos, but I find they are biased. towards overweight I was just told my cholesterol LDL is very high. My HDL and triglycerides are actually good with HDL 65% (gives me some peace), my bp is normal on most days. I am 65 years old weigh 128lbs; I thought I was doing well by not smoking, not drinking alcohol, sugary drinks, and minimizing salt, I normally eat two small meals a day, meat maybe twice a week; I avoid fast foods. I am also fairly active, and still working full time. I know I needed to add more veggies and avoid other things like eating too much bread (me weakness; I am Hispanic). Honestly, I look like the perfection of health, not so. I also have osteopenia. Luckily, these things can be managed, I hope. My concern is by adopting a fully vegan diet, I am going to lose weight that I do not have to lose. I am a nurse; I suppose to know these things, but I am flabbergasted. I guess is hereditary. My liver, kidneys, thyroid tested normal. I have to up my Vit D (yes I have the tan to prove it) and my b12 was low too. Well, I pray I can improve my cholesterol, bones and prediabetes without losing too much weight and looking like a broom.

  38. Jason Knotts on February 14, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Any diet that excludes a main food group should raise a red flag. The Mediterranean diet doesn’t do this, while the vegan diet does. Mediterranean for the win.

  39. Mureed Nassif on February 14, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Healthy mind in a healthy body ☺️.
    All you need is a balanced diet, instead of keto. For example finish breaky at 8:30 am, 11:30 a cup of coffee, 2:30 lunch, 4:30pm a piece of fruit.
    7:30pm dinner. Then 8:30 dessert, or popcorn 🍿 with favourite TV show.
    Plenty of water, no sugary drinks, no chocolates, packets of chips & eating out once a week. Or 5 day intervels. For example Saturday, then thursday, then skip one week & again Saturday & thursday, ECT. Minimum twice a week exercise & most importantly speak to your doctor & specialist. Also eat mainly wholegrain bread 🍞, instead of White 🍞. 1 coffee & 1 tea a day only, with 1 tea spoon of sugar. Also movies once a month. Guaranteed results from effects of diabetes, high blood pressure , heart attack & stroke. Because prevention is definitely better than cure. This diet I highlighted, is more suitable for people living with type 2 diabetes, because they have to eat regularly & avoid eating large portions, when hungry. It’s totally up to you. You can make diabetes your best friend or worst nightmare. Just look up the long term effects such as stroke, bypass surgery, obesity, high blood pressure, gangerine, blindness, heart attacks, annurysim, imputance, fatigue & thirst. & Many other health hazards. You can diffuse the bomb, before it blows up.
    Just look up all these conditions, & don’t burry your head in the sand πŸ€—πŸ‘.
    Oh & never cure depression, heartbreak & bore-dome with food, it’s the worst thing you can do. It’s better to go for a drive to the gym or bike ride, beach or picnic. The best way to cure bore-dome is to do something constructive like cleaning, washing the car, gardening, reading & sleeping. You’ll never feel thirsty or tired. Your body will love you for it. Because the basic functions you used to do that you take for granted, you’ll difinetly miss after a stroke.
    Also the most important thing that diabetics need to understand is that after a stroke, when your kidney functioning is at 11%, you have to undergo dialysis & your are restricted to 600ml fluids a day, because most fluids go to your legs & leak through the skin. The good thing is at this stage it’s not hard to reverse your diabetes & bring kidney functioning to 70%. But it’s better to control your diabetes 20 years earlier, & avoid all these complications, & put your extra πŸ’Έ towards your mortgage &; supporting people in need, & God Will help you.πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„.
    The key is to protect people from health hazards such as diabetes, heart attack, stroke, brain 🧠 annurysim & obisity. We should have a health plan using a card system for different stages of a person’s health. For example each individual’s such as borderline, diabetics & stroke victims should have a dietary plan to follow on a weekly basis. Because there is nothing more important than good health. If they comply with the dietary plan their should be rewards & if not, consequences. The plan should also include 3 days a week exercise. People will feel much better & satisfied, because it becomes habit. Only if people knew that a stroke, will make you doing something as simple as walking down the road 4%, then they will feel it will take them 70% to do the same effort. They will agree with my idea. Stroke is the second killer in the world, behind heart πŸ’– disease & diabetes affects more than 350 million people globally & in the USA alone every 4 mins someone is added to the kidney transplant list. But you can reverse the late stages of diabetes & live a healthy & happy life & increase your life expectancy πŸ€—. Only if you feel what a stroke can do to you. In the past I used to do 40 pushups on my toes. But know I can’t even do one. That’s what a stroke will do to you if you don’t take action.

  40. clarence Payne on February 14, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    What about the effects of exercise on health

  41. Vegan Raw Vegan on February 14, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Garlic can open your vascular πŸ™‚ β€οΈπŸ™πŸ™ πŸ’•πŸ’•

  42. sandra mm on February 14, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Translate spanish, please πŸ™‚

  43. Respuestas Veganas on February 14, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Ethic diet (vegan).

  44. Ptohopoulou Juliana on February 14, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Yeap is true about veg a Med God bless youπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‡πŸ˜˜ Iam from Greece. When you don’t have stress and happy life and no cortisone you live 100 years old like japan πŸ’―πŸ’«

  45. Berlina Dejager on February 14, 2022 at 11:41 pm


  46. tinknal on February 14, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    Anyone with 2 functioning brain cells knows that PCRM is the medical propaganda wing of the animal rights industry.

  47. Polish Strong on February 14, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    If fish is associated with a high mortality rate then why are Japanese people some of the longest-lived people, yet as far as I know their diet consists of quite a bit of fish?

  48. Kandace Carter on February 14, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    I listen to his presentation a few times. And in his study they left it up to the participants to set their diet. This really skews the data. If you make the vegan group eat low fat, and give no guidance to the Mediterranean group of course the latter gained weight. But i wonder if they were on a diet of the same calories if they would have had similar outcomes? I cant help but wonder if the Mediterranean group was eating at Olive Garden on weeknights, and having a whole pizza weekend. The Mediterranean diet is mostly pescatarian and would be 9-10 servings of veggies in a day, with healthy fats.

  49. First Last on February 14, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    he is so on the wrong path πŸ™
    we need to cut out sugars/carbs and stop the insulin resistance and glucose dependant processes. let’s get to the basic problem rather than just looking at some symptoms and "fixing" those

  50. Debbie Bunny on February 14, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    How about a VEGAN Mediterranean diet?