On September 9, Dr. Mehmet Oz jump-started the fifth season of his talk show with topics ranging from diet myths to bizarre food challenges. Although he's a heart surgeon and best-selling author of mainstream books such as "YOU: Losing Weight: The Owner's Manual to Simple and Healthy Weight Loss," Dr. Oz increasingly has been including features in his show that are more for entertainment than for education . See what you think in the recap here.
In a segment in which he emphasized "Do Not Try This at Home," Dr. Oz featured GloZell Green, the American comedienne and YouTube personality famed for her potentially dangerous food challenges such as (gulp) her cinnamon challenge and hot pepper challenge (yow). They discussed some peculiar urban legends about diets, such as whether you can eat more than seven saltine crackers at one time or drink a gallon of milk in an hour. The answer to both: No (and please don't try it). The crackers are too dry for your saliva to handle, and your stomach cannot digest all that milk in such a short period of time.
Test yourself on these diet questions:
- True or false: Eating too many carrots turns your skin orange. True, says Dr. Oz. You can check the palms of your hands to see if you are eating too many carrots.
- True or false: It's better to skip breakfast than to eat something like cake for breakfast. False, says Dr. Oz. Not only does skipping breakfast increase your risk for heart disease, but by eating a sweet treat for breakfast, you can actually boost weight loss by reducing cravings.
Get more diet help from Dr. Oz by reading his book "YOU: On A Diet Revised Edition: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management" (click for details).