Over the past few months, I’ve become increasingly concerned about a sweetener that I’ve recommended on my show in the past. After careful consideration of the available research, today I’m asking you to eliminate agave from your kitchen and your diet. Here’s why.
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New national survey data shows that obesity rates in children aged two to five dropped 43% in the past decade, one of the first major improvements in an obesity epidemic that has cost millions of Americans their lives.
Early childhood obesity can lead to struggles with weight management, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and stroke later in life. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), children who are overweight or obese between the ages of three and five are five times more likely to be obese as adults.
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Garlic and olive oil both have wonderful health benefits, especially when paired together. The resulting organosulfur and hydroxytyrosol compounds may have anti-carcinogenic and cardio-protective effects. Studies suggest they can help decrease serum levels of glucose, triglycerides and cytokines. These antioxidants have been shown to help prevent and improve metabolic syndrome and decrease oxidative stress (particularly in liver and muscle tissues.) This recipe combines garlic and olive oil together, helping to create these health benefits. Plus, packed with 12 grams of protein, this tasty dish is one you won’t want to miss. Get the recipe here!
Some combinations yield a final product that’s better than each individual ingredient on its own (think peanut butter and jelly or Affleck and Damon). The same is true for skincare products. It might seem at first that throwing another step into your routine would be annoying, but doing so could actually help you get more for your money—and more youthful skin. Read more »
Looking for a good laugh? The staff at The Dr. Oz Show couldn’t help but chuckle at this side-splitting video. Last year, the silly What Does the Fox Say? by Ylvis took the web by storm. Here, students at Harvard Medical School have fun playing around in this parody, called What Does the Spleen Do? It’s always great to see future doctors with a sense of humor! Watch below for the full video.
Since August 2012, at least five Californian children have developed a new alarming paralyzing illness. Though the cause of the illness, which has been described as polio-like, is unknown, health officials are currently investigating up to 25 suspected cases.
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This Monday, I joined my friends at the TODAY show, who were brave enough to step in front of the camera without any makeup on. I joined the nine anchors in doing the show “naked” on “No Makeup Monday” and moderated a conversation with all of them. The panel kicked off “#LoveYourSelfie,” a weeklong initiative to talk about body image, a topic I often talk about on my show. Read more »
Evidence lacking on vitamins’ use for prevention: “Most vitamin and mineral supplements, alone or in combination, have not been proved to help or hurt when it comes to preventing cancer or heart disease, says a new report from the high-profile U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. In most cases, more research is needed, but there are two exceptions, the panel says: Consumers should not take beta-carotene or vitamin E to prevent heart disease or cancer because vitamin E doesn’t work and beta-carotene increases the risk for lung cancer in people at high risk for the disease. The report, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, finalizes conclusions the group made public in an earlier draft statement.” (USA Today)
New concerns raised about yellow dyes: Watch out for the color yellow. A new study from Rutgers University suggests that “yellow dyes found in many common household products and items could contain a potentially harmful chemical that may be bad for your health.” The chemical, PCB 11, is often found in yellow-toned printing inks, paper, paint and clothing but may also be “leaching into the air and water.” Prior studies have “linked PCBs in general with irritations, cancer, birth defects and developmental problems in children and even very bad acne.” PCB11 is not used in every yellow product, but the researchers found it in all 16 tested pieces of clothing, 28 paper samples, and in 15 out of 18 tested paper goods. (ABC News)
Obese women get only one hour of exercise in a whole year: “The average obese woman gets only one hour of vigorous exercise each year, and obese men get less than four, according to a new study.” The study’s participants wore accelerometers that tracked their movements. “Vigorous exercise was defined as fat-burning activities like jogging, though one academic not related to the study cautioned that ‘vigorous’ is relative to an individual’s fitness level.” Federal guidelines recommend at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise every week. (Time)
The winter’s harsh outdoor conditions and dry indoor heat can be terribly drying for skin. But it is particularly rough for babies and young children. Their skin is delicate and easily stripped of its natural oils. If dry skin is allowed to advance, babies and toddlers can quickly develop itchy, uncomfortable rashes that often lead to disrupted sleep. In the most advanced forms of this dry skin rash, the skin can break down and crack, allowing bacteria to enter and infect the skin. Protect young skin in the winter with a few simple steps.
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Swap your store-bought tortilla or wrap for this tasty flatbread. You can fill this savory homemade option with just about anything from scrambled eggs to hummus and enjoy. Get the recipe here.