The Doctors discuss the latest health issues making headlines.
Do waxworm tacos, locust pizza and chili-chocolate locusts sound appetizing? Those dishes are often on the menu for Peter, a scientist in England, who has been eating a bug-based diet in an effort to maintain a healthy weight and prevent heart disease. Peter advocates that insects offer a sustainable source of nutrients with less fat.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork compares the nutritional value of 100 grams of crickets to 100 grams of beef. He says the crickets serve up 121 calories, 12.9 grams of protein and 5.5 grams of unsaturated fat, while 100 grams of beef is higher in calories and contains saturated fat.
“The truth is I think you’re going to see more and more dishes out there. This is going to become less and of a novelty," Dr. Travis says. “You will, I guarantee you, see insect dishes appearing in America.”
Food Babe Investigation
Vani Hari began to examine food labels closely and realized she was eating large quantities of processed foods. After making a radical change in her diet, she started a website to help educate Americans about the ingredients in the food we eat. Vani, who is known as the Food Babe, helped uncover that Subway sandwich bread contained a chemical that also is used in yoga mats, and called for Kraft to remove artificial food coloring from its macaroni and cheese.
Vani joins The Doctors and raises questions about why some U.S. foods contain chemicals that have been banned in other countries because they've been linked to health risks. She explains that some companies make alternate versions of their products without the chemicals to sell in other countries.
"What’s the cumulative effect of all these chemicals allowed in our food in a minute amount?" Vani asks. "Nobody is studying that. But our disease rates are continuing to rise."
Vani and The Doctors also discuss health risks associated with how you cook food, and the best ways to educate yourself about the food you eat.
Dr. Travis says, “The one thing I recommend everyone does: Don’t worry so much about those labels, which I even find misleading. Read the ingredients.”
Dog Shaming and Dog Praising
Veterinarian Courtney Campbell joins The Doctors to talk about the relationship between dogs and their owners.