Kitchen Secret #4: Brewer’s Yeast
Skip the artificial butter and try sprinkling brewer’s yeast (sometimes called nutritional yeast) on your popcorn like the Oz family does. While you may be familiar with other types of yeast for making your bread rise, brewer’s yeast (which, yes, is also used to ferment beer) is loaded with nutritional benefits. Nutritional brewer's yeast has been shown to raise high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) levels while reducing low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) levels, prevent heart disease, help control blood sugar, protect against liver cancer, and even help clear up acne. You can usually find it in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores.
Kitchen Secret 5: Chestnuts
While Dr. Oz’s pantry is full of every nut under the sun, one of the most important – and one you may not be eating enough of – is chestnuts. Chestnuts are the only low-fat nuts, containing just one 1 gram of fat and a little less than 70 calories per ounce of dried or roasted nuts. Additionally, chestnuts are the only nuts that contain vitamin C; in fact, just 3 ounces of chestnuts supply about 45% of the recommended daily amount of this vital antioxidant nutrient. And they’re a great source of dietary fiber, which helps lower blood cholesterol levels. When chestnuts are in season, you can roast them in the oven. If you’re pressed for time, you can buy them prepackaged and ready to eat any time of year. You should eat up to 3 ounces of chestnuts a day to maximize their benefits.
Dr. Oz’s Medicine Cabinet
Aspirin and ibuprofen are just about the only traditional medications you’ll find in Dr. Oz’s medicine cabinet (especially since medications should be stored in cool, dry places, which bathrooms often are not). Learn about the tried and true home remedies the Oz family can’t live without.