The Land of Dr Oz, a Wizard of Oz themed Dr Oz Show, included a segment on Food Cures with Jeff Corwin, NBC News Science & Environment Expert. Doctor Oz asked Corwin why are plants so critical for mainstream medicine? Corwin said that many chemicals that become synthesized and used in plants begin originally in plants and insects. So why not go directly to the source? Here are some fascinating products from Nature’s Supermarket including Miracle Berry Tablets, Pistachio Nuts and Green Papayas.
Dr Oz: Green Papaya Helps Digestion
Jeff Corwin showed a Green Papaya along with a ripe papaya that is an orange color on the inside. Corwin described the ripe papaya as having a sweet diaper smell and said that what you are smelling is something called Papain which is an enzyme found in papayas. In a Green Papaya, when you first touch the fruit it feels dry, but if you rub your finger over the fruit, then it becomes sticky from the Papain. You can use Green Papaya in salads and the Papain is excellent for helping digestion.
Dr Oz: Pistachio Nuts Help Lose Weight
Jeff Corwin told Dr Oz that pistachio nuts help people lose weight. They are high in fiber and protein and have a moderate amount of good fats. By eating unsalted pistachios, you reduce the Glycemic Index of the food that you eat. So if you eat a handful of pistachios before eating a high-carb meal like pasta, you actually make the meal healthier for your body.
Dr Oz: Miracle Berry Tablets Sweeten Food
Dr Oz’s final item was the one that really intrigued me – it is called the Miracle Berry and comes from the Miracle Plant which originates in Africa and Asia. Miraculin is the chemical inside of the Miracle Berry and it tricks your tastebuds into thinking that foods that you might not normally like are actually very delicious. As an experiment, Dr Oz, Jeff Corwin and two ladies from the audience tasted a lemon wedge and confirmed it is very sour. Then they drank a little water and placed a Miracle Berry Tablet on their tongue and swished it around in their mouth for a minute. The Miraculin binds to the receptors of your taste buds and after a minute, your tastebuds are tricked into thinking that something sour actually tastes very sweet. So then they each bit into a lemon wedge again and they all said the lemon now tasted super sweet. Corwin said this works for cream cheese, unsweetened yogurt and even balsamic vinegar tastes like Manischewitz (a super sweet wine). Corwin said that the Miracle Berry Tablet lasts for an hour and a half.