Dr. Oz: 5 Foods to Keep Out of Your Grocery Cart

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Dr. Oz: 5 Foods to Keep Out of Your Grocery Cart

By on February 19, 2010

Is what you are buying at the grocery store taking years off of your life?  Dr. Oz went over 5 foods to keep out of your grocery cart.  Loading up at the grocery store is a great American pastime that determines the health and well being of your family.  You could be taking years off of your family’s life.  9 out of 10 families by most of their meals at the grocery store.  On average, we spend $100 a week on groceries and $5000 a year.  What are we actually buying?  Pre-packaged foods top the list- salty snacks, frozen dinners and cereals, but the number one thing American’s buy at the grocery store is carbonated drinks (Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, etc.).  $12 Billion a year is spent by Americans on such soda and empty calorie drinks at the grocery each year.  And the stuff we should be eating (fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, etc.) are not even in the top 10 of what Americans are buying at the grocery.  Pass this article on to all of your friends and families and encourage each other to stick to Dr. Oz’s list of 5 foods to skip at the grocery store!

Dr. Oz dressed up as a bagger, and went undercover at a local grocery store to see what Americans are buying.  He asked people questions like “do you like any fresh fruits or vegetables?” and he often caught people blaming their unhealthy purchases on someone else (a grandson, a wife, etc.).  Then Dr. Oz brought some of these shoppers back to his show to learn from the holistic food guru who is England’s secret weapon: Gillian McKeith, author of Gillian McKeith’s Food Bible: How to Use Food to Cure What Ails You and You Are What You Eat: The Plan That Will Change Your Life.  Gillian McKeith has one of the most popular shows in England and says that tough love is what works… she wants to help us get results and is passionate about it!

Dr. Oz’s List of 5 Foods to Keep Out of Your Grocery Cart:

1.  Simple Sugars and Carbs (like Ice Cream)

Simple sugars and simple carbohydrates cause blood sugar imbalances.  You have a burst of initial energy, but this energy high lapses very quickly and you be even more tired.  Plus, who wants to wear this on our hips… like Gillian said, we don’t want to look like watermelons, we want to look like pears!  So skip the junk food, pastries, pies, cookies and cakes!

2.  Meats High in Nitrates & Saturated Fats (like Salami, Bacon, & Sausage)

Processed meats have added nitrates, which is a food additive that is linked to stomach cancer and degenerative diseases.  Plus it will add fat to you and your whole family!  So try to eat chicken and turkey instead.  The gentleman on the show said that he even lost 100 pounds by not eating these types of foods for a year!

3.  Ingredients You Can’t Pronounce (like Cheese Puffs)

Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on a food item you are about to buy?  Quite often the list of ingredients will have all types of things you can’t pronounce or have never heard of.  If you need a chemistry course to read the ingredients, there is a problem!  Besides, Gillian says these cause gas and burping.

4.  Fake Healthy Foods (like Low Fat Cookies)

Fake healthy foods are what companies use to trick us!  The food company’s marketing department knows the trigger words that make us think something is good for us like “low fat,” but did you know that when they say “low fat” they usually make up for it by adding tons of sugar.  You won’t feel satisfied when you eat these foods and you will still have constant hunger.

5.  Canned Foods High in Sodium (like Canned Soups)

Canned foods that are high in sodium are bad for your arteries and blood pressure, and generally they wreak havoc on your body.  Dr. Oz said that most people shouldn’t have over 2300 mg of sodium, and if you are African American or elderly then you should have even less.  If Americans can cut out 1200 mg of salt per day, we could save 100,000 lives from strokes and heart attacks.

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