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 Pasta Packages

By just adding water and butter or oil, these packages make quick and easy meals for the family that cost as little as $1. Many use durum wheat flour, which actually makes a top-quality pasta. Instant pasta sauces are typically created from powdered milk, cornstarch, powdered butter and dried cheese.

Diet and Weight Loss

Nuts May Be Your Best Snack to Help Maintain Weight Loss — Here's Why

It could also help lower your heart rate and bad cholesterol.

Is trying to lose weight — and keep it off — driving you nuts? Well, maybe it should drive you to nuts. New findings published in the journal Nutrients highlight the power nuts may have on successful weight loss.

Nuts vs. Pretzels

UCLA researchers put 95 overweight or obese folks ages 30–68 on a diet that provided 500 calories less than needed to maintain their resting metabolic rate for 12 weeks, then maintenance for another 12. The diet included 1.5 ounces of mixed nuts for half the group and pretzels for the others (both "snacks" delivered the same amount of calories).

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