The Doctors expose startling food facts that could change your eating habits forever! Learn about surprising additives and potentially hazardous chemicals you could be consuming every day. Plus, grass-fed versus grain-fed beef: Is one really healthier than the other? Don’t miss The Doctors’ shocking investigation!
What's in Your Food?
Could what's in your kitchen be harming your health? Many consumers realize that processed foods contain soaring amounts of sodium and sugar, but what they might not realize is the long list of chemical additives that are making a greater appearance in our favorite foods.
Experts disagree about the role processed food chemicals play in regards to our health.
Organic chemist and author Dee McCaffrey says she was shocked to find chemicals she was using in her lab showing up on the ingredient lists of foods Americans eat every day. "There are chemicals everywhere in our food supply, and we don't know if they're safe or not,” she says.
Food industry consultant Dr. Howard Moskowitz says the average consumer simply wants his or her food to taste good. "The science that I'm doing is not making people obese," he says. "It's making delicious foods."
Michael Moss, author of Salt, Sugar & Fat, says we are under the thumb of the food industry. "The most shocking thing about our food supply is how the processed food industry utterly controls what we eat."
Is Processed Cheese Still Cheese? Most people have heard that soda, chips and candy are big contributors to the obesity crisis in the United States, but what about one of the most all-American foods: cheese!
Chemical Cuisine With chemicals being added to our food supply, the debate over whether it's safe to eat processed foods continues. Two experts disagree over the effect of food additives on our health. Then, The Doctors reveal three food additives you need to be aware of!
Grass-Fed vs. Grain-Fed? Americans love their meat. Each year, we eat almost 50 billion burgers, which adds up to three patties a week per person, or 50 pounds of meat per year! But a new debate is emerging about the benefits of eating grass-fed beef over conventionally raised, grain-fed beef. Is there any real difference, other than the price?
If grass composes all, or at least a great majority of a cow's diet, then the animal is considered grass-fed. Grain-fed beef are fed a majority diet of grain, soy, corn and other supplements.
In order to find out if either type of beef is superior to the other, The Doctorsconducted a small study, with a limited sampling. Six ribeye steaks ranging from conventional, grain-fed cattle to grass-fed cattle to organic grass-fed cattle, were sent to one of the country's premiere testing facilities. The Doctors Investigative Reporter, Melanie Woodrow, reports the results.
Animal Antibiotics Debate Antibiotics stand between us and the bacteria that can make us ill, but some say the overuse of antibiotics for livestock poses an even greater danger to our health.
Critics attribute the use of antibiotics in livestock to the buildup of antibiotic resistant bacteria, or "superbugs." But food safety experts say that animals need antibiotics to fight disease, and the medicine is not being overused.
"If you think about it, how large is a steer? A 1,000-pound steer is obviously going to need more medicine than a human," says Dr. Scott Hurd, the former U.S. deputy undersecretary of food safety. "Given the fact, also, that we harvest about 9 billion animals per year, animals need antibiotics to stay healthy and fight disease, because that's an important part of our food safety as well."
The Environmental Working Group's Dawn Undurraga says 30 million pounds of antibiotics are sold for use in animals each year. "That represents millions of opportunities for breeding the next superbug. Also, it's important to know that once bacteria develop resistance to one antibody, they often become resistant to an entire class."
• Dr. Travis explains what antibiotic resistance is and how it occurs due to overuse of antibiotic medications.
Dr. Ian's House Call With several uncles in law enforcement, Chris always wanted to be a police officer. But while on duty in the middle of the night, Chris fell as he ran full speed after a suspect. He says he landed on his head first, and the rest of his body followed. Since the accident, he's had shooting pains up and down his body and has been unable to walk well. Doctors inserted screws in his spine and stopped a spinal fluid leak, but Chris's weight gain during his time off is hampering his recovery.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Dr. Ian Smith helps get Chris back in shape.
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