Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed how the chemicals and toxins in the foods you eat could be putting you at risk for cancer on the March 5 episode of the Dr. Oz Show ("Everyday Foods Experts Won't Touch").
Pesticides, BPAs and Growth Hormones
Dr. Oz's guest was pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene, who said the No. 1 food he avoids is the potato because it contains the highest level of pesticides of any food. Greene said potatoes are repeatedly sprayed with dangerous pesticides throughout their growth cycle.
Children who are exposed to pesticides are at a higher risk for developmental delays and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), said Greene, author of Feeding Baby Green. Dr. Greene said he would never eat a potato that is not organic because the toxic pesticides have seeped in by the time it reaches the supermarket. And washing them does not help.
Dr. Oz did his own research by sending organic and non-organic potatoes to a lab for testing. The shocking results indicated that the non-organic potatoes contained 10 times more pesticide than the organic ones.
Meanwhile, gynecologist Dr. Jennifer Landa said she would never eat canned foods because they contain dangerous BPA. BPA, or bisphenol A, is an industrial chemical used in the lining of most canned foods. BPA exposure has been shown to cause hormone disruptions, infertility and cancer, said Dr. Landa, author of Sex Drive Solution for Women.
And oncologist Dr. Marleen Meyers told Dr. Oz the one food she would never touch is non-organic milk, because it comes from cows that have been fed artificial growth hormones like RBGH, which have been linked to breast, prostate, and colon cancers.
Dr. Meyers said most cows in the United States are injected with RBGH, a genetically engineered artificial hormone that boosts milk production. Dr. Oz said 40% of milk in supermarkets today contains RBGH. You can avoid these risks by buying organic or hormone-free milk.
Brett Hoebel's 4-Minute HIIT Weight-Loss Workout
On a separate segment of his show, Dr. Oz did a 4-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout with fitness expert Brett Hoebel, a former trainer on "The Biggest Loser."
Hoebel said you can blast fat and accelerate weight loss by doing Tabata, or HIIT, workouts. As the name suggests, intensity is the secret to high-intensity interval training. By going hard and fast, you can rev up your metabolism and burn lots of calories in just four minutes.
Brett's HIIT workout involves doing 20 seconds of high-intensity moves such as squats and air punches alternated with 10-second rest periods. The workout will be short, but it'll melt fat and burn calories.