Wednesday, January 21, 2009

5 Food Ingredients to Never Eat

Live healthier! Dr. Mehmet Oz, Oprah Winfrey's favorite doctor, says the best way to make your diet healthier is to remember his "rule of five": If you see one or more of these five ingredients listed in the first five items on a food's nutrition label don't eat it!

Five ingredients you should never eat:

1. High fructose corn syrup
This inexpensive sugar is added to many foods, but it's most commonly found in soft drinks.

2. Sugar
Your brain is smarter than your sweet tooth. When you eat food packed with sugar, your brain realizes your body has received calories but not nutrients, so it keeps your body craving food until it gets those nutrients.

3. "Enriched"
When products, such as flour and some cereals, are "enriched," it means the manufacturer removed the important vitamins and had to put some back in.

4. Trans fat
Trans fats, also called hydrogenated fat, are fats that were once in liquid form but have hydrogen added to make them solid at room temperature. "It extends the shelf life of the product," Dr. Oz said on Oprah.com. "But it shortens the human life."

5. Saturated fats
Saturated fats are animal fats found in such foods as pork and beef.

Five ingredients to add to your diet:

1. Fresh fruits and vegetables
The foods that have no labels are the best for you. Eat at least five servings a day.

2. Antioxidants
Antioxidants are nutrients in food that prevent or slow oxidative damage to the body and are found in foods with deep colors, such as tomatoes, broccoli, kidney beans, blueberries, artichokes and prunes. Eat five to seven servings a day.

3. Omega-3 fats
Eat three grams of omega-3 fats daily to feed your brain so it is most resilient to stress and can learn the fastest. Good sources include flaxseeds, walnuts, salmon, scallops, soybeans and squash.

4. Fiber
The recommended amount of fiber is 24 grams a day, but the average person gets just 12 grams. Good sources are oatmeal, 100 percent whole grain bread, lentils, pine nuts, peas and raspberries.

5. Olive Oil
Eat one tablespoon of virgin or extra-virgin olive oil a day. And, no, you don't have to slurp it off a spoon. Add it to tomatoes or pasta sauce.
--From the Editors at Netscape

MEHMET C. OZ, M.D., is a New York Times #1 bestselling author and the health expert of The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is professor and vice chairman of surgery at New York Presbyterian Columbia University and the medical director of the Integrated Medicine Center and the director of the Heart Institute. He's the author of various bestsellers, among which we suggest:

Healing from the Heart: Leading Surgeon Combines Eastern Western Traditions Create Medn Future