Dr Oz: Is Ketchup Healthy?
After learning more about the tricks to finding a healthy hot dog, Dr Oz wanted to find out the truth about what’s in your favorite condiments. If you like to use ketchup, relish, and mustard, you’ll want to pay attention to what Julia Collin Davison had to say about each of them. They first looked at ketchup, which as Julia explained, is so beloved because of its sweet flavor.
Dr Oz: The Truth About Ketchup
Ketchup comes from East Asia back in the 6th century and is based on the brine of pickled fish. It’s made by grinding up the bladder, stomach, and intestines of a variety of fish, then you add salt and let it ferment. Around the 17th century, as that mixture moved west, tomatoes were added as well as a gross preservative known as coal tar. When ketchup came to the U.S. a major manufacturer took out the toxic coal tar and added vinegar, making for a true hit. But since then, loads of sugar have been added to that original recipe. Approximately 25% of many bottled brands is sugar. That sugar is made up of plain sugar, corn syrup, and high-fructose corn syrup.
When shopping for ketchup, Julia suggested you look for ketchup that organic, low-sugar, and free of high-fructose corn syrup.
Dr Oz: Quick Pickles Instead Of Sweetened Relish
Because sweet relish contains the same three sweeteners, it isn’t exactly a healthy addition to your hot dog. Julia suggested you make your own at home using chopped cucumber, rice wine vinegar, water, garlic, yellow mustard seeds, fresh dill, black peppercorns, and garlic. Just bring the liquid mixture to a boil before adding to the cucumbers, then let it chill in the fridge for a little bit and you have pickles. That easy and quick, and it’s not only healthier, but it tastes better.
Dr Oz: Is Yellow Mustard Healthy?
When it comes to yellow mustard, it’s actually not as processed as you may think. It turns out that in terms of calories and sodium, yellow mustard is healthier than fancy mustard spreads. Mustard is inexpensive and probably the best condiment you can reach for out of all of them. If you look at the ingredient list, you’ll see vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt, turmeric, and paprika. That’s it!
Dr Oz: Powdered Lemonade & Tea + Healthier Options
Dr Oz then welcomed YouTube star Joe Wicks, author of “Lean in 15,” to take a closer look at the lemonade and tea so many of us are drinking. Joe picked up a tub or powdered lemonade, saying it’s absolutely loaded with chemicals and contains no lemons. He has such a big problem with the powdered drinks because they contain artificial sweeteners, it’s freeze-dried, and it’s chemically produced. He’s all about drinking and eating real food.
Originally, lemonade in the 12th century was 90% juice. Today, lemonade is 15% juice on average. The powdered version has 0% lemon! Instead of those unhealthy powdered beverages, go for fresh water with the juice of fresh lemons, a little bit of stevia, and fresh mint. The mint gives you a blast of flavor without needing a lot of sweetener.
Dr Oz drinks a lot of iced tea in his house. Instead of bottled iced tea or powdered tea, which can contain as much sugar as six donuts, make your own! Brew tea bags in hot water and then let it chill in the fridge! If you’re like me, throw in some fresh lemons, limes, and even the occasional orange!