Variety is the spice of life - and Dr. Mehmet Oz spiced up his Dec. 10 talk show with topics ranging from enhancing your diet with vitamin D to super seeds. Plus: Before you wing it with chicken, be sure to find out Dr. Oz's warnings.
Supplementing your diet with vitamin D is one of the best ways to enhance your overall health and whittle your waistline. In addition to bone and tooth health, vitamin D reduces your risk of cancer and burns fat faster.
Although the Institute of Medicine recommends 600 to 800 IU daily, Dr. Oz feels that 1000 IU is the optimal amount. You can get vitamin D through foods such as enriched dairy products or supplements. And if you dislike trying to swallow large pills, try a chewable brand such as Nature Made Adult Chewable D 1,000 I.U. Tablets, Grape flavor (click for details).
You've heard of super foods, and now it's time to become familiar with super seeds. Dr. Oz recommends:
- Chia seeds, which are high in fiber. Try adding to your smoothie. Find in health food stores or online such as Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chia Seeds (click for details).
- Sesame seeds, which are high in omega-3 fats. Try sprinkling over veggies.
- Pumpkin seeds boost serotonin. Try munching for snacks. They're sometimes called Pepitas, as with Roasted Salted Pepitas (No Shell Pumpkin Seeds) 1 Pound Bag - Oh! Nuts (click for details).
- Wheat germ, which is great for your digestion. Sprinkle over popcorn.
If you were asked to list one of the most popular forms of protein in the nation, "chicken" would probably rank high on your list. From chicken salad at lunch to fried chicken at dinner, it's enjoyed by the entire family. But there's a problem, warns Dr. Oz.
The problem stems from American-raised chickens that are processed in China and then sold in our nation's grocery stores. What are their processing regulations, and how safe is the chicken coming from those overseas factories?
Dr. Oz and his experts expressed concern about the situation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), however, stated that they have implemented rules in terms of what can be imported.
"USDA has not found China's poultry slaughter system to be equivalent, and therefore poultry slaughtered in China is not allowed to be imported to the United States. The U.S. food supply is among the safest in the world, and the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is dedicated to maintaining that status," stated the USDA.
To be safe, follow these guidelines:
- When you buy chicken, put it into a plastic bag and do not let any juice contaminate your other foods.
- After cooking your chicken, do not put it back on the same plate.