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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Watching Dr Oz Quiz 1/21/12: Weight Loss

During the week of January 9 - 13, 2012, Dr. Oz, and guest, talked about weight loss boosting foods that proved nutrients, fiber and protein. Which food was not on the list of booster foods?

A. Brown rice
B. Turkey
C. Greek yogurt
D. Potatoes

D. Potatoes

Your Answers:
A. Brown rice - 6%
B. Turkey - 13%
C. Greek yogurt – 9%
D. Potatoes - 70%

Yeah! Well done readers!

On the January 12, 2012 episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz's guest, Mike Dow PSY.D., discussed his super 28-Day Plan to end cravings. Transitioning to healthier food choices over a four week period is the basis of the plan. Each week, more healthy foods are added so that by the end of the four week journey, your daily pile of food consists of lean protein, whole grains, and lots of fruits and veggies. Processed, sugar-filled junk foods move to the back burner and into the “Sometimes” category.

For this week's quiz, the correct answer is potatoes as they were not included on the booster foods list. The other items were on the list. Potatoes have been avoided by many weight loss plans as it's been believed that they can spike blood sugar, that the starch goes straight to the belly and thighs, and some believe that eating too many can raise the risks of diabetes.

Brown Rice – is a whole grain with, some say, more nutrition than white rice. However, I have heard several nutritionists come out saying that white basmati can be just as nutritious as brown rice. That makes me go hmmmm. In a nutrition contest between white and brown rice, I would put my money on brown rice. That said, I still make primarily white basmati rice because I prefer the taste. It's a preference thing.

Turkey – was listed on Dr. Dow's booster list in the protein category. Turkey can be a great alternative to higher fat ground beef and certainly turkey bacon excels nutritionally over pork bacon. On a sandwich, turkey is a great option – make mine nitrate free please.

Greek yogurt – this is clearly Dr. Oz's favorite variety of yogurt. He recommends the plain, low-fat variety. Knowing this, I still grab the honey variety because the sour of the plain is too much for my taste buds. I've heard natural foods staffers postulate that Greek yogurt may have more probiotics than other yogurts or be more nutritious in general.

On, Kiera Butler published an article asking this very question: Is Greek Yogurt Better Than Regular? Click here to read the full article. In the article, Ohio State University nutritionist Julie Kennel Shertzer, says that in the process of making Greek yogurt the whey is removed which makes for a more creamy yogurt with a greater amount protein over it's American cousin. The article also points out that because of this filtering process, Greek yogurt requires more milk to make and is therefore considered lower on the green environmental scale than regular gurt.

The protein content and thicker texture has brought Greek yogurt to the head of the line at the grocery store and placed on the most recommended list everywhere.

A word about potatoes. On yesterday's episode of The Dr. Oz Show, 1/20/12 Alzheimer's Disease, Dr. Gary Small discussed foods that help reduce risks of Alzheimer's and potatoes were on the list. Not the french fried or potato chipped variety, it was good old-fashioned baked potatoes that are believed to help rid the brain of goop that can clog mental function and send a person further on the path toward Alzheimer's.

So, in one show potatoes are shunned and in another they are a super star. Moderation would be your best bet!

Here is the rest of Dr. Dow's Weight Loss Booster Foods:

Grains – quinoa, soba noodles, barley, brown rice, steel-cut oats
Protein – chicken, turkey, trout, buffalo, navy beans
Dairy – Greek yogurt, almond milk, low-fat goat's milk, 1% milk, low-fat cottage cheese
Fruits and Vegetables – broccoli, mushrooms, figs, grapes, kiwi


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