Dr. Oz: Overcoming Sugar Addiction
Dr. Oz talked on his show to Catarah and Shoneji, two best friends who own a bakery together and are also addicted to sugar. Both women made the commitment to quit sugar and Dr. Oz wanted to give them the support they needed. He asked nutritionist Dr. Joel Fuhrman to help them out.
Dr. Fuhrman said it’s most effective for people to go cold turkey from sugar, rather than wean off it. Both Catarah and Shoneji made a sad noise in response to this. Dr. Fuhrman said if you don’t go cold turkey, you’ll have fatigues and headaches and feel irritable all the time.
But if you go cold turkey, you can get through the fatigue and headaches more quickly. After three days, you’ll start to feel better and Dr. Fuhrman said you’ll be able to “retrain your taste buds” to enjoy “the subtle flavors of things that aren’t quite as sweet.”
Dr. Oz: Giving Up Sugar
Dr. Fuhrman said that Catarah and Shoneji have to give up anything sweet, not just sugar, but agave, maple syrup, honey, and anything else that’s very sweet. Both women were very disappointed with this information, hoping they’d at least get some sweetness.
Both women said they were thinking this was about losing weight, not about their inside health. Shoneji, in particular, had really high cholesterol.
Dr. Oz: Eat Slow Fats & Slow Carbs
Dr. Fuhrman said it’s important to eat slow fats and slow carbs, because these go slowly into the blood stream and keep the calories continually feeding into the bloodstream. He recommended eating half an ounce to one ounce of nuts and seeds with each meal, which adds up to about two ounces a day. He also recommended things like peas, steel cut oats, squashes, and beans.
Dr. Oz: How To Eat Beans
He also recommended eating half a cup to a cup and a half of beans. Catarah wondered how to prepare the beans. Can she put fat in it? She said they’re southern and so they’re taught a certain way to cook. Dr. Fuhrman promised her that he would teach her how to eat beans in a way that’s “knock your socks off delicious”.
One of the reasons Dr. Fuhrman likes beans is because they have a low glycemic effect and lower the glycemic effect of other foods. Dr. Fuhrman said the more you eat of beans, the better. He recommended a bean burger with mushrooms and oats or making chili with the beans.
Dr. Oz: Chickpea Chocolate Cake
Dr. Fuhrman then unveiled what had to be the worst food I’ve ever heard of. It was a chocolate cake made with chickpea flour, beets, carrots, dates, and banana. Shoneji looked visibly upset by the taste, which was hilarious because her reaction was about how I’d expect someone’s reaction to be to this cake.
“I mean, this is going to take some getting used to,” she sad.
Dr. Fuhrman promised that once they go off the sugar, their taste buds will be retrained and these foods will taste better. Catarah asked him if he promised they would taste good after she gave up sugar, which he did.
I don’t know about this. I don’t think chickpeas and beets belong in chocolate cake at all. But Catarah and Shoneji will work with Dr. Fuhrman to overcome their sugar addiction. Dr. Oz said once they’re off sugar, he’ll have them back on to tell their story.