the wonderful world of OZ

I love Dr. Oz!

His new show is crucially informative. Also lots of fun. [Yesterday he talked about poo! Shape! Consistency! Colors!] What we eat and drink affects all three. [More on that later!]

What really caught my attention was the list of 10 AGERS. Ten things [either in our homes, or in our food] that make us age faster than anything else. He has a no-tolerance attitude for all of these.

1.  Bleach
2.  Soap
3. High fructose corn syrup
4. Insecticides
5.  Trans fats
6.  Nail Polish
7.  Alcohol
8.  Cigarettes
9.  Detergents
10.  Mothballs

These products in our closets and cupboards can shave years off our lives. They penetrate our lungs, cause asthma and allergies, poison our liver, damage our hearts, and irritate our eyes and skin. His advice? Grab a trashcan and recycle bin and go from room to room to eliminate these 10 age stealers. He is happy to suggest healthier alternatives.

I especially appreciate what he says about No. 3. High fructose corn syrup. Here’s the skinny:

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a type of sugar that has been processed and combined with corn syrup to produce a cheap, easily dissolvable sweetener. But this sugar is quickly absorbed by the liver where it is immediately converted into fat. Since your brain doesn’t recognize HFCS as regular food, it never shuts off the appetite center — so you keep eating. Blood sugar levels rise, massive amounts of insulin is recruited to metabolize it and then you crash and feel hungry again. It is found in soft drinks, fruit juices, salad dressings and baked goods. Tragically, [is that too strong a word? — I don’t THINK so!] high fructose corn syrup is listed in the first 5 ingredients of thousands of foods we reach for every day! READ the food labels of products in your pantry and refrigerator and throw out all products that contain HFCS. [I’m sorry if it sounds like I’m yelling. I’m not. Just trying to get this VERY IMPORTANT point through to everyone!]

Also a huge lightbulb moment when he spoke about trans fats!


Yes, trans fats prolong ‘shelf life’ but they shorten HUMAN life!

Trans fats are responsible for over 100,000 [one hundred thousand!] heart deaths in the US every single year!

Trans fat is a type of unsaturated fat that is made saturated during a manufacturing process that adds a molecule of hydrogen. [They are the fats that are usually solid at room temperature.] These hydrogenated oils raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol and cause a host of cardiovascular diseases. They are slowly being removed from commercial recipes but products in your home may still contain them. Look in your cupboard and dump anything with hydrogenated oil on the label.

If it says ‘hydrogenated’ or even ‘partially hydrogenated’ IT”S OUT OF HERE! Promise me!

Now go get the trash can!