A bowl of mashed potatoes sits on the counter.

Do you know how those instant mashed potatoes are made? What about the packs of rice or pasta? Dr. Oz reveals the dirty details of these packaged meals and what you're truly eating.

Instant Mashed, Au Gratin and Scalloped Potatoes

The instant mashed potatoes in a box are a combo of dried potato flakes and potato flour! There's also butter powder and vegetable oil, and some have artificial flavoring. Things get a little more complicated with packaged au gratin or scalloped potatoes. While they have real potatoes, many brands use yellow No. 5 and 6 artificial colorings. And scalloped potatoes usually have a butter and dairy base, like cream or buttermilk, and they both come powdered. The buttermilk powder can double the amount of sodium and calories versus fresh. Inau gratin potatoes, there's an average of 500 milligrams of sodium. Mashed were a close second with just 100 milligrams less. You should try mashed sweet potatoes, which has around just 200 milligrams of sodium. Be sure to check the sugar though, because some brands can run as much as 14 grams.

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Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.


Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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