Dr Oz: Great American Kitchen Cleanout
Dr. Oz is challenging his audience and you can be part of the fun too. Are you ready for the Great American Kitchen Cleanout? Dr. Ox is challenging everyone to get rid of the food items and non-food items that need to go to help you get healthy.
Dr Oz: Melamine In Plastic Poses Health Risk
Have you ever heard of melamine? Melamine is used to create plastic cups and plates similar to the ones you might use at a backyard barbecue. Although they are great for small children to use because they are unbreakable, Dr. Oz said they can pose a health problem because they will leech onto the food on your plate, which in turn ends up in your body. There is no clear evidence of the long term effects from melamine, but Dr. Oz recommended everyone remove all melamine products from your kitchen. If you have grown attached to the melamine products, Dr. Oz wanted you to follow the guidelines below.
- Never microwave melamine
- Do not use for hot or acidic foods or drinks
- Do not use for children
Dr Oz: BPA Health Risks From Plastic Containers
Dr. Oz has talked about the dangers of BPA before and he is an advocate for getting rid of anything containing BPA, which means you need to get rid of the plastic storage containers in your house. Dr. Oz said those plastic storage containers may be convenient but the BPA can actually seep from the plastic onto the food and into our bodies.
Dr. Oz said his wife chastises him if he tries to put a plastic container in the microwave, but he agrees with her that it is not worth the risk to your family because the BPA can end up in their bodies as well as your own.
If you do not want to get rid of your plastic containers Dr. Oz suggested following his guidelines below.
- Never microwave plastic containers
- Never put plastic containers in the dishwasher
- Let leftovers cool before using
- Throw out misshapen/cracked containers
Dr Oz: Hydrogenated Foods and Trans Fat Linked To Heart Disease.
Dr. Oz wants everything with the word “hydrogenated” in the ingredients list to be removed from your home. He explained they are bad for your health because they are also known as trans fats and they are linked to heart disease, diabetes and even some types of cancer. The scariest part about trans fat is the minimal amount that needs to be ingested for it to pose health risks.
Dr. Oz said it would be smart to toss anything that says “No Trans Fat” as well because according to the FDA, anything with less than half a gram of trans fat can have that label. Dr. Oz said it is important that you read the ingredients list, because even though a label may read “No Trans Fat," if it contains anything “hydrogenated," it does in fact contain trans fats.
Dr Oz: Kinderville Microwave Safe and BPA-Free Bowls
Now that Dr. Oz has told you what to throw out of your kitchen, it is probably time to restock your kitchen with some safer products. Jennifer Jolly shared some of the best products for a family that still wants to use plasticware without the dangers of it affecting their health.
- BPA-Free NordicWare Plates and Bowls – Unbreakable and microwaveable plastic
- Silicone for Kids from Kinderville – Microwave and dishwasher safe bowls, cups or bibs.
- Stainless Steel from Sugarbooger Cups
Dr Oz: BPA-Free Plastic Storage Containers
Jennifer Jolly offered wonderful replacement options for your favorite plastic storage containers as well.
- Sistema Containers – BPA-free plastic, microwave and freezer-safe containers.
- Pyrex Storage Containers – Glass containers that are lightweight, durable and can be used for storage or even in the oven.
Dr Oz: Blue Diamond Snacks Contain Zero Trans Fats
Staying away from foods labeled “hydrogenated” that contain “trans fats” is not easy. Good thing Jennifer Jolly brought along some smarter snack options that contain neither of the those ingredients. Check them out below.
Dr Oz: Vintage Kitchen Tools
Would you recognize vintage kitchen tools that your grandmother probably used if you saw them? Dr. Oz shared pictures of some of his favorites with his audience to test their knowledge, including an old-fashioned juicer and a cheese slicer from the 1940s.