What's REALLY in Your Food?

It’s a shocking investigation that may change your eating habits forever: The Doctors and celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito reveal what’s really in your food.

Chlorine in Your Favorite Protein?
The average American eats more than 80 pounds of chicken per year, and more than a billion wings are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday. But, while we’re eating so much chicken, do we really know what’s in it? Hear the shocking process poultry goes through before it reaches the grocery store and ends up on your dinner table.

Tips to Buying Natural and Organic Poultry
• To save money, purchase the whole chicken. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are the most expensive by the pound.
• Check the “sell by” dates, and plan to shop the day before, when your butcher marks down the poultry and meat.
• Consider buying direct from a farmer’s market.
• Check the sodium levels on fresh and frozen chicken packaging.
• A truly natural chicken breast has 50 to 75 mg of sodium. If there’s more than that, the bird has been “plumped”.

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Toxic Sugar?
The average American will eat 140 pounds of added sugar this year alone! How does this much sugar affect the body? A new medical study claims that sugar is toxic – so toxic that they’re calling for government regulation.

“They say adults shouldn’t surpass more than 8 teaspoons of sugar per day, and 3 teaspoons for kids,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “The average [intake] is actually 30 extra teaspoons per day.”

“Excessive sugar intake could ultimately lead to more deaths than smoking and alcohol,” plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon adds.

Researchers argue that added sugars lead to so many chronic diseases and premature deaths that it should be placed in the same category as tobacco and alcohol, and should be taxed. Could an added sugar tax tame America's sweet tooth? Tell us what you think.

“If we don’t find a way to decrease the amount of sugar in our food, the prediction is that one in three of us will have diabetes by mid-century,” Dr. Travis says.

Seven Foods That Fight Fat
Just as the wrong foods can harm you, the right foods can help you! Editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest, and author of The Digest Diet,  Liz Vaccariello, reveals why knowing your MUFAS and PUFAS can fight fat and make your stomach flat.

MUFAS stands for monounsaturated fatty acids, which are fat-releasers that are particularly effective at reducing belly fat.

1. Dark chocolate
2. Olives
3. Almonds

*Bonus: Avocados

PUFAS are polyunsaturated fatty acids that increase your metabolic rate, the calories you burn while going about your day.
4. Peanuts
5. Sunflower seeds
6. Flaxseeds
7. Salmon

“Eating unsaturated fatty acids can improve your cholesterol profile and reduce plaque in your arteries,” Dr. Travis says.

“MUFAS and PUFAS are also ideal because of their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties that slow the aging process,” Dr. Ordon says.

“And they help kids’ brains work better,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears adds.

Liz also recommends adding a small amount of coconut oil to your diet. A recent study of abdominally obese women in Brazil found that coconut oil can decrease waist circumference and belly fat while improving the ratio of good to bad cholesterol.

Handling High Blood Pressure

Dr. Travis and CVS/pharmacy share tips for monitoring and controlling high blood pressure.

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The Choice is Yours
We've never had as many chemicals, carcinogens and dyes in our food supply as we do today. However, we've also never had so many healthy alternatives! The choice is yours when choosing how to nourish your body. The Doctors share helpful tips to avoid potentially harmful food additives.

• Read the fine print on labels.
• Look for fewer ingredients with words you can pronounce.
• Avoid artificial flavors as much as possible
• Avoid artificial dyes, especially Red 40, Blue 1 and Yellow 5 and 6.
• Limit processed foods.
• Cook for your family.
• If you want to know what’s in your food, make it yourself.
• Cooking at home is a great way to bond with your children and teach them about health.

Food Label Tricks

The first five ingredients listed on a nutrition label are the main components of the food you're eating. Choose your foods wisely by remembering these three label tricks:
• Any ingredient that ends with "ose," such as fructose, is another word for sugar and sweeteners, and should be avoided.
• Monosodium glutamate, popularly known as MSG, is an unhealthy preservative.
• Enriched means the product lost its nutrients through processing and they are restored artificially.

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