Dr. Mehmet Oz examined dirty little secrets of restaurants that could be setting you up for food poisoning or E. coli infections on the May 6 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Oz's guest was food investigator Peter DeLucia, a councilman in New York. DeLucia said even the finest restaurants are guilty of sanitation infractions that could make you sick.
For instance, he noted that most restaurants don't clean their menus, which are teeming with germs and bacteria from the hundreds of customers who have touched them before you. Dr. Oz suggested carrying a hand sanitizer or washing your hands after handling the menu, especially if it's made from plastic, as people have gotten colds or the flu from touching dirty menus.
Another restaurant secret is that the drinks they serve often contain lots of bacteria because ice machines are dirtier than a toilet bowl, according to several lab analyses. Compounding the problem is that servers often use their hands to scoop up ice. DeLucia recommended not getting ice in your drinks when you order out.
Finally, Dr. Oz said you should be careful when ordering seafood, which can lead to Scombroid food poisoning, an illness caused by eating spoiled fish. When fish spoils due to inadequate refrigeration, it releases a toxin that can make you violently ill. You should be especially careful when ordering tuna, mackerel, sardines and mahi mahi.
DeLucia said a safer bet is to order salmon, trout or snapper, which are less likely to cause Scombroid fish poisoning. Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain detailed these and other restaurants secrets in his book, Kitchen Confidential.
Celebrity Trainer Tracy Anderson Dishes Weight Loss and Workout Tips
On a separate segment, celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson debunked common fitness myths. Anderson, creator of the Tracy Anderson Method workout DVD, trains Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow,
Tracy dispelled common weight-loss myths, such as:
- Crunches do not give you a flat stomach. Tracy suggested doing a plank position to strengthen your entire core.
- Sweating does not mean you're burning more calories. Anderson suggested doing cardio exercise to pump up your heart rate.
- You don't need to stretch before working out. Sometimes improper stretching can lead to injury, said Tracy.
Anderson has sculpted some of Hollywood's fittest bodies, including Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian. She shared her weight loss, diet and workout tips in her book, Tracy Anderson's 30-Day Method.