There are so many delicious choices when you go grocery shopping, but so many of them have ingredients you don't want to eat. TV talk show host, Dr. Mehmet Oz thinks so.
"I don't see groceries, I see drugs," he says.
While on a shopping trip with NewsChannel Five, Dr. Oz says if you want to live and stay well, there are 5 items you should never put in your grocery cart.
First, the doctor says you'll avoid many foods if you just read the labels. "If you cannot read those ingredients and you don't understand what words mean, you don't want them in your food cart," Dr. Oz tells us.
A simple rule to shop by: "The first 5 ingredients [listed on a product] should be good for you."
Secondly, take a look at what you're taking off the shelf and ask yourself, "foods that are head fake healthy foods. They look healthy but they are not, they say low calorie, low cholesterol, but they add something back in, to convert whole food to unhealthy food."
The third item we should avoid is anything high in salt. "The salt shaker itself won't make a big difference in the amount of salt that we eat," says Dr. Oz, "90% of salt in the diet comes from salt hidden in our food."
Dr. Oz also says you can avoid the sodium. "One of the big tips is to find herbs that give foods zestiness. I love garlic, oregano. Many different ways to give food taste the palatable without going the salt route."
Along with salt, the fourth thing to avoid is any product high in sugar. "Be smart about sugars..especially in beverages, high fructose in particular...when we get sugar in our mouth it hits our brain like crack cocaine. It’s that powerful...they are addictive substances."
The fifth and last product to avoid may be easier said than done... liquid calories. "We in America primarily purchase soft drinks which have carbonation in them that take calcium out of your bones and have sugar in them these are empty calories," he said.
Dr. Oz points out if you eat a healthy diet, you can reduce the chance of cancer by 30%. Also, when it comes to a sweet tooth, Dr. Oz munches on chocolate that is 70% cacao.
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