What's in School Lunches?
An investigation conducted by USA Today found that most of the meat provided by the government to serve to children in school lunch programs doesn't undergo as much testing as fast food and wouldn't meet the quality or safety standards of meats found at most restaurants. The study also found that some of the chicken served is from older birds and may have otherwise been used to make pet food.
"Kids come first, and what they eat is the single most important thing because they're growing and developing," plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says. "Not everybody can make meals every day, so I think you need to know what your school district is feeding your kids."
Parents are encouraged to be an active participant in their children's school to ensure that their kids receive safe and nutritious meals.
"This has to be started at the grassroots level," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. "We, as consumers of food at restaurants, as parents of children at schools across the country, need to say, 'We want better standards for our food.'"
Cook This, Not That
Dr. Travis and David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men's Health and author of Cook This, Not That, caution that many of your favorite restaurant meals have hidden sugars, fats and salts. They show you how to prepare healthier versions of your favorite dishes using recipes from Cook This, Not That.
• Denny's Belgian Waffle Slam — 820 calories, 64 grams of fat (27g saturated fat), 1,270mg sodium
• Whole Grain Waffles with Ham and Eggs — 270 calories, 11g fat (3.5g saturated fat), 890mg sodium
"If you know how to make sunny-side up eggs, and you have five minutes, you're in business," David says.
Swap the high-calorie Belgian waffle for a whole grain version and start your day off with a healthy, delicious meal!
"You're going to be saving over 500 calories and almost a day's worth of saturated fat in this one tasty breakfast," David says. "You definitely want to have a healthy breakfast because it decreases your chances of obesity by 90 percent."
• Carl's Jr. Original Six Dollar Burger — 890 calories, 54g fat (20g saturated), 2,040mg sodium
• The Ultimate Burger — 320 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated), 710mg sodium
Many fast-food restaurants make their burgers with high-fat meat and condiments. The Ultimate Burger is prepared with a sirloin and ground brisket combination, which is relatively lean. Dusted with caramelized onions for flavor and sandwiched between potato bread buns, the Ultimate Burger packs more protein and fiber with fewer calories.
"You're controlling your own food supply, so you know what is in the food," David says.
• Pizza Hut Supreme Pan Pizza (two large slices) — 800 calories, 40g fat (16g saturated fat), 1,780mg sodium
• The Loaded Pizza — 300 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 780mg sodium
Made with whole wheat crust and topped with chicken or turkey sausage, onions, red peppers, green olives, artichoke hearts and basil, the Loaded Pizza offers all the flavor with a fraction of the calorie and fat content of the delivery pizza.
"You're loading it with vitamins, and minerals, and protein and fiber," David says, "which is all the stuff you want to do to get the nutrients into your body and the junk out."
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"Guys, they tend not to make appointments to go to the doctor," David says. "So we thought we would bring Dr. Stork to them."
Skin Care Products
From shampoo, to lotion to face wash, do you know how the products you put on your body daily impact your health?
The average person uses seven gallons of beauty and personal care products on their body per year. "Women load up on this stuff all day," OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. "Perfume, lipstick, lotion, conditioners, hair spray, deodorant — I put some of all of that stuff on today."
"What people don't realize is that everything you breathe in, everything you put on your skin may eventually end up in your bloodstream and ultimately affect part of your brain and other parts of your body," plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says.
Beauty products can contain potentially harmful chemicals such as mercury, lead, formaldehyde and phthalates. These substances may be linked to a number of health conditions and may cause developmental and reproductive problems. Phthalates, which have been known to be hormone disruptors, are often labeled as fragrance.
"What I worry about is the constant, chronic use over time," pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. "This stuff kind of builds up, and your body has to work extra hard to filter it out of your system, whether it's some of these heavy metals or other things. And we don't really know the long-term effects of these, especially in babies and children."
When buying personal care products, Dr. Travis recommends looking for ones with short ingredient lists and as few chemicals as possible.
Karen, a Facebook fan of The Doctors, is concerned her husband's neckties harbor dangerous germs, and asks whether she should be worried.
"There have been studies that have found that ties do sometimes carry dangerous bacteria," Dr. Travis says.
Dr. Travis puts a tie to the test to see if it is contaminated. See the shocking results!
"You should have at least a dozen ties and rotate them," Dr. Jim says. "Don't wear the same tie all the time, and every third wear, get it dry cleaned."
Public Car Wash = Dirtier Car?
When you go to the car wash, you expect to get your vehicle back cleaner than you left it. But that doesn't always happen.
The Doctors tested a car for germs before and after visiting a car wash and found that after the wash, the car was contaminated with sewage bacteria. Dr. Travis also tests a car wash rag to see how dirty it is. See the results!
"But I think the take home for this is," Dr. Travis says, "this is just proof that bacteria is everywhere, you need to be cognizant of it. Use common sense. It's OK to go get your car washed."
What's Hiding on Your Dog?
Shawna has three dogs and shares her utensils, cups, bath and bed with them. The Doctors test the sheets of another dog-loving viewer, reveal how sharing everything with your dog can impact your health and give tips for staying healthy while playing with your furry friends.