We hear tips all of the time on how to eat and feed our families right. Now, there is expert advice from Dr. Oz.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, star of the hit show, "Dr. Oz", takes us to the grocery store with a list of five foods you should never put in your shopping cart.
#1 Mystery Ingredients
"These are not real foods," Dr. Oz warned. He carefully reads food labels when he shops and avoids all mystery ingredients. "If you can't read the ingredient label and understand what's in there, you don't want to have those foods in your grocery cart."
Dr. Oz says the toughest choices about food should be made at the grocery store. Not at home. Begin by reading labels and only buying what is good for your family. The first five ingredients should be healthy foods.
#2 "Head Fake" Foods
"These are foods that argue they are low fat or low cholesterol or low this or that," Dr. Oz said. If they take something out,
manufacturers add something back to make the food taste better. Typically, that is sugar or salt in high doses.
When it comes to sweeteners, Dr. Oz prefers the real deal - sugar. He says artificial sweeteners only trick our brain and make us more hungry. But don't feed it high fructose corn syrup.
#3 High Fructose Corn Syrup
High fructose corn syrup is the third food to scratch off your list. It can be difficult to do.
"It appears in the craziest of places," Dr. Oz said. "The condiments at our table all have high fructose corn syrup in them."
High fructose corn syrup is cheap and sweet. Dr. Oz says it is like crack cocaine to our brains. So is salt. "It tastes good - but you crave them - you have to have them once you get used to them."
#4 High Sodium Food
High sodium food is the fourth food to keep out of your grocery store shopping cart. Table salt is okay. It accounts for only ten percent of our daily salt intake. Added sodium is the problem - especially in canned foods.
"This one has sodium content of 660 milligrams ...this one 940 miligrams...look at that," Dr. Oz noted as he read soup can labels. He advises reducing your daily salt intake to 2,500 milligrams.
"It's about a third less than what most people are eating - we estimate we can save 100,000 lives a year."
Last on the list of foods to never buy is of highest importance to Dr. Oz.
#5 White Foods
"The simple white foods. White rice - white pasta - white bread. These have simple carbohydrates your body cannot keep up with," he advised.
The doctor said white foods drive chronic illness in America, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.
He recommends buying 100-percent whole grain foods which should fill one-quarter of your dinner plate.
The other quarter of your plate should be filled with protein. Dr. Oz prefers plant-based more often than meat or fish.
The other half should be fruits and vegetables. Fresh if you can get them. If not, buy frozen.
Dr. Oz offers his "Ultimate Diet" online. It is designed to reboot your body in two weeks.
For more information, go to: http://www.doctoroz.com/challenges/dr-oz-ultimate-diet.
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