Dr. Oz said probiotics are the best weight-loss trend of 2013, while gluten-free diets are the worst. He revealed his picks for the best and worst health trends of the past year on the Dec. 11 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Adding Probiotics Is Best Weight-Loss Trend
Dr. Oz said the best weight-loss trend of 2013 is adding probiotics to your diet, because these gut bacteria aid digestion and promote weight loss.
Probiotics are microscopic live organisms that keep the digestive and immune systems healthy. Insufficient probiotic intake can lead to digestive issues and weight gain.
Dr. Oz had two female guests on his show who said they each lost over 30 pounds simply by adding probiotics to their diets. Both women ate Greek yogurt for breakfast and lost weight effortlessly. In addition to yogurt, probiotics are also found in sauerkraut, kimchi, miso soup, milk, and dark chocolate.
In a surprise revelation, Dr. Oz said the gluten-free diet was the worst weight-loss trend of 2013. Dr. Oz said eliminating gluten can improve health, but the gluten-free diet fails if used solely as a weight-loss tool.
Dr. Oz explained that food manufacturers who make gluten-free products often substitute sugar and other high-calorie ingredients for the gluten that's missing, and this causes weight gain.
Best and Worst Medical Tools
Dr. Oz said the best medical innovation of 2013 is Sovaldi, the new hepatitis C cure that has just been approved by the FDA.
This once-a-day pill can treat hepatitic-C infection without interferon, a potent injected drug that can induce severe flu-like symptoms. Hepatitis C is often undiagnosed and affects about 3.2 million Americans. Actress Pamela Anderson has suffered from Hep-C since 2002.
Dr. Oz said the worst medical innovation for 2013 are electronic cigarettes. While the smokeless e-cigarettes have been touted as a healthy alternative to regular nicotine-rich cigarettes, they actually contain many harmful chemicals including carcinogens and anti-freeze.
Dr. Oz was especially bothered that electronic cigarettes are marketed to young people, noting that e-cigarette consumption among teenagers has skyrocketed. Dr. Oz called on e-cigarette makers to police the marketing of their products to exclude teens.
Best and Worst Health-Food Trends
Dr. Oz said the best health-food trend of 2013 are whole eggs. He said the longstanding stigma attached to egg yolks is wrong, saying whole eggs actually increase healthy cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and regulate blood sugar.
Dr. Oz said the worst health-food trend of the year is flavored coconut water. He said regular coconut water is healthy, and has been shown to aid weight loss and lower blood pressure, but flavored varieties are packed with sugar.