Are you safe from harmful ingredients as long as you read the labels on your foods before you buy? Well, not necessarily, says Dr. Mehmet Oz. On his Feb. 13 talk show, Dr. Oz warned about genetically modified foods (GMOs) and explained how to avoid them. Plus: Discover the "freebie" unlimited snacks you're allowed on Dr. Oz's 2-Week Rapid Weight Loss diet plan.
To create foods that are resistant to insects and pesticides and can be grown in unfavorable conditions, food scientists often extract DNA from one species and inject it into another. These genetically modified organisms have advantages such as cheaper farming and increased availability. But they also have associated dangers, warns Dr. Oz:
- Long-term health risks are unknown, and may potentially include allergens, antibiotic resistance, endocrine disruption, reproductive disorders and accelerated aging.
- The FDA does not require additional testing for GMOs.
So how can you avoid GMOs in your food? Dr. Oz recommends avoiding packaged foods that contain soy and corn, because 85 percent of soybeans, corn, sugar beets and canola are grown from GMO seeds.
The easiest way to avoid genetically modified food: Buy organic, says Dr. Oz. The USDA certifies that organic foods are not bioengineered.
On this episode, Dr. Oz also discussed his most popular diet, which is the 2-Week Rapid Weight Loss plan, which is designed to help you lose up to nine pounds in 14 days. More than a million people have downloaded it. Get the complete weight loss plan, including recipes, by clicking here.
In response to feedback from viewers who have tried the plan, Dr. Oz shared unlimited snacks that you can enjoy during the two-week diet:
- Stuff mushrooms with a mixture of olive oil, tomatoes, garlic and cilantro. Bake in the oven until hot.
- Mix herbs with plain Greek yogurt and use as a dip for the unlimited low-glycemic vegetables allowed on the plan.
- Make your own sushi rolls by filling a sliced cucumber with hummus and more vegetables.