Here are some incredibly powerful TED Talks on Plant-based nutrition from world renowned doctors, endurance athletes, and wellness advocates.  


Former professional Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier believes that excellent nutrition is the key factor in building and maintaining a highly competitive athletic edge. Brazier is a performance nutrition consultant, author of the popular Thrive series and formulator of the award-winning line of Vega nutritional products.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn argues that heart attacks, the leading cause of death for men and women worldwide, are a "food borne illness" and explains why diet is the most powerful medicine. 

Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. For over 34 years, he has directed clinical research demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery.

William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game.

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age past 100.

Why does the great male shrike kill bugs and poke them on thorns? Why is it so hard for humans to make the right choices? Douglas Lisle shows us how the answers are related. One of psychology's most innovative and curious minds, Lisle is the Director of Research for TrueNorth Health Center and coauthor of The Pleasure Trap.

Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food. Jamie Oliver is transforming the way we feed ourselves, and our children. Jamie Oliver has been drawn to the kitchen since he was a child working in his father's pub-restaurant.

Stephen Ritz's extended student and community family have grown more than 30,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance.  Stephen is an amazing transformational leader who is impacting students in incredible ways.

Rip Esselstyn, a former firefighter and author of The Engine 2 Diet, advocates a plant-strong diet to combat chronic diseases. Esselstyn inspired his fellow firefighting crew at the Austin Engine 2 station to follow a plant-based diet and dramatically heal their health. In 2012, Engine 2 and Whole Foods Market unveiled the Engine 2 food line.

Dr. Colin Campbell has spent the last 40 years at the forefront of nutrition research. His major research project the China Project is the largest nutrition study ever conducted. 

Joel Fuhrman, M.D., is a board-certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods. He is an internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including The Dr. Oz Show, the Today Show, and Good Morning America.

What food habits do all great civilizations have in common? John McDougall suggests that starch-based diets are the foods humans were born to eat. He has been studying, writing, and speaking out about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 40 years and is a bestselling author.

Cookie Monster visited TEDMED to learn more about being an ultramarathon runner from Scott Jurek, and learned about why eating more veggies and fewer cookies helps.

Kathy Freston shares her personal philosophy of 'leaning' into change, and how it helped her transform her life and particularly her food choices. Freston is a NYT bestselling author with a concentration on healthy living and conscious eating in an increasingly busy world. She has appeared on shows like Oprah & Ellen.

Julieanna Hever, also known as The Plant-Based Dietitian, is a passionate advocate of the miracles associated with following a plant-based diet-the established effects of which provide positive healthful benefits. Julieanna is the author of the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, and the columnist for VegNews Magazine.