Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed whether foods made from GMOs (genetically modified organisms) should be labeled and how to avoid GMOs on the Feb. 13 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Oz is outraged that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn't require food manufacturers to label foods made from GMOs, like they do in Australia, France and Japan.
"The food industry is spending millions to keep those labels out of the supermarkets," said Dr. Oz. "You have a right to know what is in your food."
GMOs are genetically engineered vegetables, fruits and seeds that have been bred to be more nutritious, more resistant to insects, and cheaper to produce. While GMOs have so far been deemed safe, there have been no studies tracking the long-term health risks of consuming GMOs.
Researchers have linked GMOs to cancer, birth defects, accelerated aging, disruptions in the endocrine system, infertility, and resistance to antibiotics.
Dr. Oz's guest was Scott Faber, vice president of the Environmental Working Group in Washington, D.C. Faber said the food industry wants GMO foods labeled as "natural" when these foods were actually bio-engineered in a lab. The FDA agrees with Faber, saying genetically modified foods are not "natural."
While some food companies have voluntarily started labeling their GMO foods, others are fighting furiously to prevent mandatory labeling.
Dr. Oz said the best way to avoid GMO-containing foods is to buy organic. Today, about 85% of corn, soybeans, sugar beets and canola are grown from GMO seeds. Dr. Oz said if you don't want to consume GMOs, you should avoid the following foods:
- Corn (including high-fructose corn syrup)
- Sugar beets
Snack Ideas for 2-Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet
It has been six weeks since Dr. Oz unveiled his 2-Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet. Since then, over two million people have tried the diet, which has helped many of them lose 9 pounds in 14 days.
Dr. Oz and his audience are so enthusiastic about the Two-Week Rapid Weight-Loss Diet that he suggested more snack ideas to accelerate weight loss:
- Vegetable sushi rolls. Cut a cucumber lengthwise and layer it with chopped vegetables and hummus.
- Stuffed mushrooms. Fill mushroom cap with a mixture of tomatoes, olive oil, cilantro, garlic, onions, salt and pepper. Bake in oven for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Vegetables with Greek yogurt dip. Mix yogurt with spices like parsley, cilantro, salt and pepper and enjoy with fresh vegetables.
Check out the detailed meal plan for the 2-Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet here.
Rosehip Oil Fights Wrinkles
Dr. Oz said rosehip oil is an inexpensive way to treat eczema, psoriasis and wrinkles. Rosehip seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants (including anti-aging powerhouse vitamin A) and has been shown to minimize dark spots, scars, and fine lines.
Dr. Oz said to look for "100% pure rosehip oil" on the label. You can apply it directly on your skin after a shower or add one to two drops to your moisturizer to boost its anti-aging effects.