Does it ever seem like your life is one big “food trap?” The Doctors reveal the surprising truth about what you eat and how certain guilty pleasures and habits could be harming your health.
Hidden Sugar Stats
It’s no secret that exorbitant amounts of sugar in your daily diet put the body at risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other dangerous health complications, but excess sugar also damages the immune system and puts people at higher risk for infection.
Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S.
Cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, M.D. and nutritionist Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., authors of The Great Cholesterol Myth, explain how sugar, not fat and high cholesterol, is the primary factor in heart disease and the related health problems.
“Everybody focuses on cholesterol with heart disease. Cholesterol is found at the scene of the crime, but it’s not the perpetrator,” Dr. Sinatra says. “Sugar is the villain in heart disease.”
See why the authors view cholesterol-lowering statin medications as both a blessing and a curse, and why treating high cholesterol is gender-specific.
“So many internists [and] cardiologists, are treating a [cholesterol] number, and I tend to agree that they’re overlooking the other factors that play a part in heart disease,” Dr. Ordon says. “I’m over 50 and I’m on a statin, but I realize that’s only one part of the equation. That doesn’t mean I don’t have to watch what I eat, I don’t have to exercise, try to deal better with stress, all of those issues. They all come together.”
• Understanding cholesterol levels.
“When you’re sick, making the right food choices could help you get better faster,” explains ER physician Dr. Travis Stork.
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Guilty Grooming Habits
Learn which guilty grooming habits you truly should feel guilty about!
Did you know that the typical white bagel is the caloric equivalent to four slices of white bread, and that seemingly healthy soy/green tea latte has the same amount of sugar as 12 lollipops? And that’s just breakfast!
Registered dietician Rachel Beller, author of Eat to Lose, Eat to Win, performs a “food autopsy” to analyze what’s really inside certain foods you may be eating on a daily basis.
Must-Have Kitchen Foods
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears reveals the four foods that every kitchen should always have in stock.
Potatoes: When cooked properly, meaning not fried, potatoes can pack a nutritional punch. They contain 45 percent of daily recommended vitamin C and more potassium than any other vegetable and fruit, including bananas.
Red peppers: Whether it’s chili pepper, cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes, the capsaicin found in these spicy fruits work to break down fat, fight inflammation and can even decrease the risk of colon cancer.
Parmesan cheese: Not to be confused with processed parmesan, real parmesan cheese contains 340 mg of calcium per ounce. It can be grated and sprinkled over salads, vegetables and practically any meal for added bone health benefits.
Eggs: At roughly 90 calories each and packed with more than 6 grams of protein to keep your body satiated longer, eggs can be an easy and healthy source for breakfast, lunch or dinner.