Dr. Oz's Webcast Transcript
Dr. Oz: Other sweeteners. Saccharin. Tons of data on saccharin. It was one of the ones that got some harsh comments made on it early on because if you gave a ton of it to laboratory animals they would get cancer but there's a lot of history behind it so in some ways it's safer because at least you know what you're dealing with because it's a known devil. Aspartame is one that lasts in your body for a long time. It's the most common sweetener in soft drinks.
Oprah: Which one is that, the yellow packet or the pink packet.
Dr. Oz: No, no, pink is saccharin.
Oprah: And the yellow packet?
Dr. Oz: Yellow is I think sucralose and aspartame—see I don't think—I don't eat any of them. I think the blue one—someone should check this. The blue one I think is aspartame.
Dr. Oz: But the—but it hangs out for 36 hours and sucralose is—
Oprah: So you're better without any of it are you saying?
Dr. Oz: In my family—again, let me be clear about this. There's no data out there that I'm aware of that conclusively says these things are dangerous or bad for you. But in my family, we don't eat those. I don't let the kids have them. I don't want artificial things in their body, and I question the reason they're taking them because if it's to lose weight, it's not going to work anyway. Not if you're a diabetic—
Oprah: Why won't it work anyway? I think Bob talked about this last night because your— go ahead.
Dr. Oz: Because you're giving your brain a schizophrenic impulse. You're saying, "Hey, it's sweet," but there's no calories coming in. So all you're doing is reminding your brain that you want sweet. And so you'll go out and find your calories. You're going to get your calories anyway. The question is how you're going to get them. Are you going to get them with a lot of head fakes—you know, non-sugar supplements and then eventually get it later on? Or just eat real food and let your body deal with it like it normally would deal with it?
Oprah: Okay. All right. That answered the question. Thank you so much, Deb.
Debbie: Thank you, Oprah.
Oprah: Okay. Filiz is Skyping from Dr. Oz's home country, Turkey.
Dr. Oz: You have a Turk on.
Oprah: Yes. A Turk on. There she is right there.
Dr. Oz: Filiz.
Dr. Oz: I can do the interview in Turkish if you want. It would be kind of counterproductive.
Oprah: Yeah, counterproductive. You all can just talk amongst yourselves. You can just do that. So what's your question for Dr. Oz? What's your question? Okay. Ask him the question in Turkish and then he'll translate for us. Go ahead. Ask him the question.
Filiz: Oh, really. Okay, all right. (Speaking in Turkish.)
Dr. Oz: Let me translate what you have said, if you could, and then I'll ask the rest of the question in English.
Dr. Oz: She has psoriasis.
Dr. Oz: And she's a schoolteacher and it embarrasses her because she has schoolchildren in the class.
Oprah: What is psoriasis?
Dr. Oz: Psoriasis is an autoimmune ailment. Actually, can you show it to us? Show us your psoriasis.