Do you know what it means to buy foods with genetically modified foods (GMOs)? On his Thursday talk show, Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed GMOS and how to avoid them. Plus: Get the skinny on how his two-week rapid weight loss diet can help you lose nine pounds in 14 days.
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.
However, they also have associated dangers, warns Dr. Oz. Among the possible long-term health risks: Allergens, antibiotic resistance, endocrine disruption, reproductive disorders and accelerated aging.
To avoid GMOs, be careful about packaged foods that contain corn and soy. Dr. Oz revealed that 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.
The Monsanto Company is an extremely large agricultural corporation that produces genetically modified seeds. It's attracted attention for its success despite the protests of those against GMOs.
Residents near company headquarters have protested their practices. On Wednesday, for example, protesters marched carrying signs in front of the corporation, reported the Cody Enterprise.
Ironically, although he often uses his show for highlighting serious health concerns such as GMOs, Dr. Oz is currently under fire for what he says is an attempt to draw viewers to watch his show by using flowery language to portray weight loss supplements, reported Forbes on Wednesday.
"I can’t figure this out, Dr. Oz – I don’t get why you need to say this stuff when you know it’s not true,” said Senator Claire McCaskill in a hearing before the Senate subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance. "When you have this amazing megaphone, why would you cheapen your show?"
Dr. Oz attempted to defend himself by saying his segments about products such as green coffee bean extract "miracles" and "fat burner in a bottle" raspberry ketones provide people with hope. He also contended that the supplements are safe and can provide help.
"If the only message I gave was to eat less and move more, which is the most important thing people need to do, we wouldn’t be very effectively be tackling this challenge, because viewers know these steps and they still struggle," he argued. "So we search for tools and crutches for short-term support so people can jump-start their programs."
On his show Thursday, Dr. Oz included a segment designed to help viewers get that "jump-start." It's a two-week rapid weight loss plan, which he said can help you lose up to nine pounds in 14 days.
More than a million people have downloaded the diet. It includes "freebie" snacks in the form of vegetables, which can be enhanced with small amounts of plain Greek yogurt, olive oil and even hummus.
The two-week plan begins with a cup of hot water and one-half lemon, which help with digestion. A breakfast smoothie made with rice powder protein and unsweetened almond milk plus green tea kick-starts your metabolism in the morning.
During the two weeks of the weight loss plan, dieters can eat one six-ounce serving of chicken, turkey of fish each day and one-half cup of cooked brown rice. Dairy is limited to one cup of plain Greek yogurt.
In addition, Dr. Oz emphasizes the moderate use of healthy fats such as avocado and olive oil. Snacks include veggies, a handful of nuts and pickles.
As for supplements, Dr. Oz keeps it simple on the two-week diet. He recommends a daily probiotic and a multivitamin each day.