This time the title is Give Frozen Foods A Chance
Well, Dr. Oz has done it again. He’s back on the cover of TIME with a story that’s guaranteed to keep the consumers confused about food. But then, that’s exactly what makes food producers happy. His latest article appears in the 12-3-12 issue and I have provided a link below to the online article that you may not be able to view unless you’re a TIME customer.
So what’s the problem? From the looks of the cover, it looks like Dr. Oz is going to write about a truly health promoting diet—like the ones that Esselstyn, Ornish, McDougall, Fuhrman, and Barnard all use to reverse chronic diseases in their patients. But he doesn’t.
Ostensibly, the article was written to help people pick out the best values for their families; things like recommending that we give frozen or canned veggies, grains and legumes a chance. But then he proceeds to talk about all the other “good” foods in a healthy diet—things like beef, chicken, ice cream, olive oil, etc. From the article, a few highlights:
I live in a vegetarian household, so I simply don’t have the opportunity to eat a lot of meat at family meals. But I am not opposed to meats that are served in an appropriate portion size and are well prepared.
Any lean meats are generally fine as long as the serving size is correct–and that means 4 to 6 oz., roughly the size of your palm.
Those burgers your kids (and probably you) love can be fine if they’re lean and grilled, the fat is drained and you’re not burying them under cheese, bacon and high-fructose ketchup and then packing them into a bun the size of a catcher’s mitt.
Indeed, chicken is so lean and tasty it can actually redeem a lot of foods that are otherwise dietary bad news. I don’t have a problem with tacos, for example, if you do them right. A chicken taco is a better option than beef, and a fish taco is the best choice of all.
One great advantage to canning is that it does not affect protein content, making such foods as canned tuna, salmon and chicken excellent sources of nutrition. Canned salmon in particular is as nourishing as if you caught a fresh salmon that afternoon.
Ice cream should be in your life too. What’s more, it’s not even a bad or unhealthy food.For starters, the protein and calcium in ice cream are great. And some of the ingredients in better ice creams are good for you too, including eggs (yes, eggs, a terrific source of protein and B vitamins and perfectly O.K. if your cholesterol is in check)
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The Bottom Line. Just another example of “confusion over clarity” when it comes to what we should be eating. To be fair, Dr. Oz talks a great deal about eating lots of fruits and vegetables and even points out that he lives in a vegetarian household. I guess that means that his wife is a vegetarian, because he clearly isn’t.
But, just as he did in his September 2011 TIME cover story about food, he provided much more confusion than clarity. I have provided my blog about his earlier article below, but will share one of my paragraphs with you here:
Reading all thirty five paragraphs, I kept thinking that surely at least one would provide some clarity. Of course, if there had been just one, then it would’ve just added to the confusion, since the readers still wouldn’t know the difference and would just choose to follow the advice of whichever of those other 34 paragraphs best suited to their collective bad eating habits.
If you’re looking for clarity on what you should be eating; don’t waste your time or money reading the latest Dr. Oz article in TIME. Just read my 2011 blog shown below and maybe buy one or two of the items in the health kit that follows. —My 661st consecutive daily blog—
- Source article in TIME. Dr. Oz: Give Frozen Foods A Chance
- September 2011 article blog. Oz takes “confusion over clarity” to a new level – TIME
- Earlier blog. More “confusion over clarity” from the mainstream media…
- Another Oz story on cover of TIME. Oz shares colon story; “cancer screening $$ business” gets bigger …
- Earlier blog, best Oz show ever. Dr. Oz Show — focusing on plant-based, whole foods
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