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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 1/18/12 – Fungicide in Orange Juice, Morning Energy Foods, Dr. Oz's Super Diet, Pasta for Weight Loss, Weight Loss Gadgets Under $30

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: January, 19, 2012
Is Your Orange Juice Safe to Drink?

  • Dr. Oz explored breaking news of fungicide in orange juice
  • Orange juice safety
  • The best foods for energy in the morning
  • Dr. Oz unveils his super diet
  • Carb-lovers pasta from Chef Lidia Bastianich
  • Steve Greenberg shares three gadgets that can help you lose weight

In recently breaking news, the FDA has announced that it has found the fungicide, carbendazim, in orange juice imported into the United States. Carbendazim was banned in the US in 2008. How did it get back into the food supply? What is the FDA doing about it? How can you avoid orange juice that may contain the fungicide?


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It's believed that one out of six glasses of orange juice in the United States right now contains carbendazim. The FDA found up to 30ppb of carbendazim in orange juice imported from Brazil and stopped all imports. Yet, the FDA has not and has no plans to recall any orange juice in this country. Why?

The orange juice in question has been imported from Brazil. Dr. Oz explained that the issue surrounds imported orange juice and not oranges.

Alissa Hamilton, PhD, orange juice industry researcher and author of Squeezed: What You Don't Know About Orange Juice, explained how Brazil became the major grower of the world's oranges. Members of the citrus industry taught Brazilians how to grow juice oranges and by the 1980's, she say, Brazil had surpassed Florida in juice orange production. Today, Brazil is world leader in production of orange juice concentrate, most of which goes to Europe.

Gary Ginsberg, PhD, Assistant Professor of Toxicology at Yale University [and blogger on] explained that carbendazim is known to cause liver cancer, birth defects and damage to male reproductive organs.

So why is carbendazim used? The fungicide is used to speed up the production process which allows country's to get the product out fast.

How does this fungicide get into juice sold in the US?
Carbendazim use is legal in many country's, including Brazil, where it is sprayed onto the rinds of oranges. When the oranges are squeezed into juice, some of the pesticide comes off the peel and gets into the juice. The juice is processed into concentrate and not-from-concentrate products which are then sold throughout the world. During processing, the orange juice loses flavor.

Once the juice product is received in the US, it is mixed with a flavor pack to restore flavors lost during processing. The flavor packs contain essences and oils from oranges.

Dr. Hamilton explained that the essential oils used to make the flavor packs come from the orange peel which has been treated with the fungicide. Therefore the fungicide is entering the food supply from two sources: first, from originating country's application and, second, from the adding the flavor pack which contains traces of the fungicide.

What is the allowable limit, or tolerance for carbendazim?
The FDA nor the EPA have set a tolerance level, the substance is not naturally found so the ideal amount in food, says Dr. Oz, is zero.

The FDA is stopping any import with a tested level of carbendazim at 10ppb or lower and sending the shipment back to the originating country. Coca-cola has notified the FDA that they tested samples that showed as much as 35ppb of carbendazim. The EPA states that exposure to carbendazim at a level of 80ppb is where you start seeing potential health risks.

[What about accumulated exposure? Three glasses of orange juice later and a person may have been exposed to 80ppb in total. What then?]

The Juice Products Association (JPA) was contacted regarding the issue but did not appear on the show. The JPA responded to the discovery of a banned fungicide in orange juice with a formal statement saying, “Orange juice is safe...there is no need for concern.” Read the full statement from the Juice Products Association posted on

Dr. Oz provided a list of written questions to the JPA which they did answer. Read the full list of questions and answers from the JPA to The Dr. Oz Show on

Manufacturers of orange juice in the US say they are testing their supplies however, Dr. Ginsberg says there is no way of knowing how much testing is happening as there is no regulations regarding testing at the manufacturer level. The responsibility should be on the FDA. Dr. Ginsberg stated that he looked back through FDA records and found that there has been no record of the FDA ever testing for carbendazim in the orange juice supply.

Dr. Oz stated that because he keeps hearing these stories he is now worried about our food supply. Dr. Hamilton explained that our food is being supplied from an ever increasing pool of global companies while at the same time, consumers are lacking in knowledge and awareness about where our food is coming from.

How do you know where your juice is coming from?
Companies are required to show the country of origin on the label of food products. Dr. Oz said his bottom line depends on looking at that label.

Orange Juice Safety
  • No need to throw away orange juice right now
  • Look for US-only orange juice – read labels
  • Look for 100% certified organic juice – only 100%, just saying organic is not enough
  • Whole orange has more fiber and nutrients – reach for the whole fruit instead of processed juice

[According to, the EPA has set tolerances for carbendazim in apples, grapes, apricots, and bananas as well as the juice from some of those fruits. Author Jon Barnes expresses concern that given the FDA statements about orange juice, consumers will turn to other packaged juices and juice products which may in fact have a greater amount of arbendazim. Read more in the article FDA Cracks Down on Carbendazim in Orange Juice but Ignores it in Other Foods.

Best Ways To Super Fuel Your Morning
Dr. Oz says the morning is the best time to super fuel your entire day. Eating the right foods in the morning will help to burn more calories, boost the immune system, increase energy. He explains three ways to super fuel your morning.

#1 Super Fuel: Coconut oil
Coconut oil is a healthy fat that releases its energy quickly providing quick, healthy energy. Dr. Oz says it wakes him up. He says one tablespoon is enough to load you up for the day.

  • Add coconut oil to toast instead of butter
  • Add it to oatmeal giving it an exotic taste
  • Add it to yogurt
  • Eat it straight.

Coconut oil is a stable oil, cooking temps do not destroy it.

#2 Super Fuel: NAC
N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) is an immune supporter that is often used in the hospitals, patients on ventilators inhale it to reduce chance of infection. NAC boosts glutathione, the mother of all antioxidants. Dr. Oz recommends taking two 600mg of NAC daily on an empty stomach, one in the morning and one in the evening.

#3 Super Food: 30/30 Rule
Dr. Oz says the 30/30 Rule will help to revive the metabolism in the morning: eat 30g of protein within 30 minutes of waking. The body is going to respond to protein in the most appropriate way, waking up and getting energized. He provided examples of breakfast choices each of which contain 30g of protein.

  • Whole grain cereal and yogurt with fruit
  • Three egg omelet with turkey links
  • Protein shake with whole grain bread topped with organic peanut butter
Dr. Oz's Super Diet

Dr. Oz's research team has spent weeks to review the latest and greatest diets out there today and took the best tips from each. The Dash Diet, The TLC Diet and the Mediterranean Diet. Live longer and leaner than every before by reducing the biggest health threats high cholesterol blood pressure and weight.

Super Diet Tip #1 from The Dash Diet – Get Rid of Salt
The Dash Diet was designed to target high blood pressure. One of the main components is to get rid of salt because it causes bloating and increases blood pressure. Instead of salt, Dr. Oz recommends using season blends that will replace the flavor without the sodium. Use any or all of these to ditch the salt and support healthy blood pressure.

  • Italian Seasoning – a blend of any number of spices which may include any of the following: marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic power, onion powder, and black pepper.
  • Lemon Pepper – a blend of pepper with dried lemon rind, put on any protein sources
  • Chinese Five Spice – is a blend of ginger, coriander, cumin, orange peel, and cinnamon, use on stir-fry, meats, and veggies
Super Diet Tip #2 from The TLC DietPlant Sterols
The TLC Diet was developed by National Institutes of Health to support the lowering of cholesterol. Plants do not have cholesterol, they have sterols which block cholesterol from being absorb. To increase plant sterols in the diet, Dr. Oz recommends:

  • Use margarine in place of butter [beware of margarine that contains transfats, read the labels!]
  • Add wheat germ to yogurt or popcorn, get 1 teaspoon a day
  • Eat sesame seeds
  • Have a handful of pistachios a couple of times per week
Dr. Oz says that by adding 2 – 3g of plant sterols daily to the diet will reduce cholesterol by 15%.

Super Diet Tip #3 from The Mediterranean Diet – Eat Healthy Fats
The Mediterranean Diet has been around since the beginning of civilization and it's the diet that Dr. Oz grew up with, the standard he lives by.

  • Include oils such as canola and olive
  • Eat more fish such as mackerel and sardines
  • Grab nuts for a healthy snack that can help your brain function longer – it's Dr. Oz secret how he has stayed the same weight since he was in college
Carb-Lovers Pasta For Weight Loss

The Queen of Italian and Mediterranean cooking, Lidia Bastianich. She owns 6 restaurants, has a winery in Italy, and has written 8 cookbooks including Lidia's Italy in America, just released in October, 2011.

Using the herbs and flavors discussed in the previous segment, Chef Bastianich instructed Dr. Oz on how to make a healthy and flavor-filled pasta. Get the recipe for Lidia Bastianich's Spaghetti Pesto Trapanese on

Chef Bastianich shared that you can preserve fresh basil by freezing it. Submerge the basil leaves in water and place in the freezer. The water will keep the basil bright green and full of flavor.

Dr. Oz compared the calories and fat of standard American pesto and Chef Bastianich's Spaghetti Pesto Trapanese:
Standard pesto contains 800 calories and 72g of fat!
Chef Bastianich's contains 416 calories and 24g of fat !

Weight Loss Gadgets Under $30

Steve Greenberg gadget guy and author of Gadget Nation: A Journey Through the Eccentric World of Invention joins Dr. Oz to talk about three gadgets that can help you eat smarter and lose weight for under $30 each. All three products are available at big box stores and online.

Weight Loss Gadget #1: The Oster® MyBlend™ Blender
The Oster® MyBlend™ let's you blend up a shake and take it with you, all in the same container. Fewer dishes to wash and makes preparation simpler and faster. Cost is about $29.99.

This small electronic scale is inexpensive and easy-to-use. Keep it handy to measure your portions and keep on your weight loss track. Retails for about $25.00.

Weight Loss Gadget #3: Mastrad's TopChips Chips Maker
Make your own healthy version of chips at home? It's possible with the Mastrad's TopChips Chip Maker. Use the mandolin, included, to make thin slices of potatoes, apples or sweet potatoes. Place the slices on the silcone tray then microwave for your healthy chips. [Not the dreaded microwave again!] No fat, no oil, no guilt, right?! Sells for around $19.99.

Thursday, January 19, 2012, Dr. Oz is giving away 1,000 chip makers! Find all the details on

From Come back at 3pm EST/12 PM PST tomorrow, January 19th, 2012 to win! The first 1,000 of you to register on will be eligible to win Mastrad’s Topchips The Chips Maker.
Bonus Tip!
The gadget that Dr. Oz cannot live without is ice cube trays. He stores his left over shake in ice cube trays an freezes it – it keeps and it's in individual portions.

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  1. There was a juice that he said would help you sleep and I was unable to write it down.

  2. To my knowledge, Dr. Oz has not recommended a juice for sleep this season. I looked back at all posts that have the word "sleep" and there was no mention of a juice so I'm not sure I can help you. Most of Dr. Oz's sleep related recommendations have centered around lifestyle changes such as room temperature, sleep mask, dim lighting at night. He has recommended valarian in pill form recently for sleep support. I hope that helps.