Dr Oz: Diet Foods Making You Fat
Dr. Oz wanted to share some tips and tricks to help you lose weight in the best possible way in a segment he called Your Best Body. He wanted to take a closer look at some of the diet foods that could be making you fat.
Dr. Oz welcomed Sharon Richter, a registered dietitian who explained that when food companies take fat out of their products, they end up replacing it with sugar and salt, so that doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
Dr Oz: Avoid Added Sugar In Greek Yogurt
First, Dr. Oz wanted to take a closer look at Greek yogurt, saying that he personally loves it. He said some kinds are good for us, but sometimes they are loaded with sugar. Sharon said the fruit-flavored yogurts are the ones that are full of sugar, so you have to be careful and read the label to see how much sugar is in the yogurt. If you don’t like plain Greek yogurt, you can take frozen berries, and put them into the microwave to make a sort of syrup to add to your yogurt. You can also add cinnamon or cocoa powder to give the yogurt flavor with no added sugar.
You should avoid Greek yogurt that has more than ten grams of sugar, and go for the ones with no artificial sweeteners that are low-fat or 2%.
Dr Oz: Healthier Way To Enjoy Hummus
Another diet food that could be making you fat is hummus, because we tend to eat a lot more than just one serving of hummus at a time. Sharon said hummus is great for you, but you need to watch your portions. Some tips for enjoying hummus without ruining your diet, was to add 2 tbsp of Greek yogurt to 2 tbsp of hummus to make it go further and to add a bit more nutritional value, or to change what you’re eating it with, and use celery or carrots instead of chips.
Dr Oz: Low-Fat Vs Fat-Free Cottage Cheese
The next diet food that could be making you fat is cottage cheese. Dr. Oz shared that a poll conducted on his website showed that 54% of people eat cottage cheese when they diet. Sharon explained that when it comes to fat-free cottage cheese, when they took out the fat, they added salt.
Sharon shared that low-fat cottage cheese doesn’t have nearly as much salt, and another great, health option is ricotta cheese. Sharon also suggested mixing it up and not always adding fruit to your cottage cheese, but also trying it with some vegetables like cucumbers and tomatoes.
Dr Oz: Could Trail Mix Be Making You Fat?
Dr. Oz then wanted to talk about the last diet food that could be making you fat: trail mix. Dr. Oz did a little experiment where he asked 20 audience members to pick the healthiest snack from the vending machine and 14 of them chose trail mix. The problem with trail mix is that it often has fried things like fried bananas, and sugar coated fruits, as well as sweets like M&M’s.
Sharon explained that trail mix often does have good things though, like nuts, and you can actually make you own healthy trail mix. To make you own, just mix some nuts, freeze-dried fruit, popcorn, and dark chocolate chips. Dr. Oz said trail mix is designed to be blindly eaten, so you should make sure you’re eating the right things.