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Fake Foods

Janet: Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of our Doctor’s Nutrition, a Texas show where we help you with nutritional solutions for your common health issues. I’m Janet Lewis.
Dr. Lewis: And I’m Dr. Lewis.
Janet: We’re here to bring you another exciting show about fake food, however exciting that can be but we’re going to figure out what’s fake and what’s real. Dr. Lewis is going to help us do that by educating us as he always does.
Dr. Lewis: She gives me a lot more credit than I deserve sometimes. One of the biggest complaints I hear is people say well, I’m supplementing but I’m not losing weight and it’s hard for me to communicate correctly, of course I’m a man, my communication usually is pretty poor anyway, it’s like well what you think you’re eating that you say is healthy is not healthy because I hear it every day, but I eat good, not so much because it’s almost impossible to do that.
We’re going to talk about all kinds of far reaching things today. Before I really get started I would like to say something about the state of America. We’ve gotten to where we’re nation that’s full of stress and we can’t have people that have different opinions without getting upset about it. I think it’s way beyond time that we got nice. Janet and I were privileged the other day to go to a function that put it right in our face about there are people that are doing jobs that’s making our life better, whether it’s growing food, raising better animals, whether it’s trucking it in, people that are doing all kinds of different jobs that help our lives be safer and healthier.
We went to this event and we were on pins and needles because we were told that we should be. We met a lady that I will not say the title that goes with her but she is a relatively young woman that’s achieved a lot in her time and she was so gracious to Janet and to me. Here’s a lady from, originally from Iowa and I thought about what she had accomplished in her short career and it’s like wow, she’s out there busting her butt and making accomplishments, helping our world be a better place to live. I do not mean to be disrespectful by not saying your title but I was told it might not be appropriate but to the young lady named Halfhill, thank you very much for being gracious. It was a reminder to Janet and to myself that we should be kind to everybody because there’s so many people, we don’t know what they do but they’re in some manner making our life better. We should always, especially in America where you can be anything you want to be, the best thing you can be is kind and gracious. We were very appreciative of how gracious this lady treated us.
That ties into how your food is raised and farmed and it’s very important. There’s a lot of fake food out there and people say well, but I’m eating this and this and this and this and it’s like there’s no way in the world you’re going to eat that and lose weight because it keeps your body in a state of inflammation. Janet actually is, I think going to deliver most of this but let’s start with olive oil, people say but I’m eating olive oil. Did you know that most olive oil on the market is actually fake and don’t fall for some of the labels that say well, it’s natural?
I’ve heard that a lot, of course me being the smart Alec that I am at times and I mean to just get people to think differently, they say but it’s natural. I say well, so is cyanide or arsenic, tapeworms and uranium but you don’t want them in your body and you shouldn’t put these fake foods in there. Like olive oil is usually cut with things like sunflower oil, which is not really so bad but peanut oil. Wow, you have a peanut allergy and you think you’re eating a healthy olive oil and most of them are fake and that’s really scary.
Janet: Can’t you taste the difference though when you’re having something good, a good food versus something that is fake? We, over the holidays went up to Branson to the Keeter Center there where the college kids are making, they’re raising their food. I mean every part of it and then they teach them to serve that at the restaurant and ironically that restaurant is the most highly rated restaurant as far as Trip Advisor and Stars that there is.
Dr. Lewis: Trip Advisor is a good thing to listen to.
Janet: Yeah, that many people can tell the difference when they eat good food. There’s an hour and a half wait to get in there to eat.
Dr. Lewis: It was worth it too.
Janet: Right.
Dr. Lewis: Even with reservations we had to wait a long time.
Janet: So obviously, you’re able to tell the difference in quality or taste just by having something that used to be common place at our grandparent’s house. That’s the food we had at our grandparent’s house.
Dr. Lewis: Yeah, the pot roast tasted like the pot roast my mother or grandmother would make because they raise the stuff there at the college, College of the Ozarks and I’m sorry I didn’t meet Sophie but we will next time, that goes to school there, sweet, sweet young lady. Taste is good so I think one of the things it’s not becoming a snob but if you go to some of these gourmet shops and taste the different olive oils, a good one you can taste the difference. I’m not a really big fan of olive oil just because you never know what you’re getting but and it’s not good for cooking. It’s doesn’t hold up to high heat. Janet, for the most part, she doesn’t want anybody to know she cooks but she uses pecan oil, walnut oil, grape-seed oil, which much better in high heat. We’re down in the South so pecan oil, that’s a Southern heritage but …
Janet: We found that in Mississippi, really good.
Dr. Lewis: Yeah, it is.
Janet: I even cook my eggs in that, it delivers basically no taste where some of the stuff just makes your food taste weird.
Dr. Lewis: Rancid and we were down in middle part of Louisiana one time and God, the bread was so horrible. It’s like jeez, I don’t know what kind of oil you’re using maybe ninety weight Pennzoil but it tasted horrible. We could not eat any of the food just because of what it was cooked in. If it tastes rancid don’t put it in your system because it’s extremely pro-inflammatory and that’s one of the reasons that people cannot lose weight. You got to do probiotics and there’s a lot of things you can do to ensure that some of these fake foods we’re going to talk about are less harmful to you.
Janet: I think it’s interesting that red snapper is probably one of the most defrauded fish species of all.
Dr. Lewis: Yeah.
Janet: Because species substitution is also rampant so they tell you you’re getting red snapper and you may be not getting that because it’s one of the most expensive so I think that’s why they tell you they’re serving you that. It’s always wild caught and there’s no such thing as a commercially farmed red snapper. If you order red snapper in a restaurant, chances are you’ll get a completely different fish served to you.
Dr. Lewis: I think the statistics, I’ve been reading different articles and one big book that Janet got me, she’s gracious enough speaking of gracious, gracious enough to get me, buy me several dozen books a year … I have never in a restaurant, I think it’s nine out of ten that’s at least nine out of ten that’s fraudulent, I have never in a restaurant eaten red snapper that tasted as good as the red snapper I caught in the Gulf of Mexico and it’s like, really, there can’t be that much different.
They will substitute things, a cheaper fish or a fish that has a name that’s not appealing and that’s why I’ll tell you be aware of the buzz words they use, I’ll get into more of that but it’s absolutely amazing the taste when you drag it out of the Gulf of Mexico and fillet it and it covers most of the charcoal grill. It’s good taste and so it’s better to get to know your local fish market in cities that actually have that. The meat markets that have the locally grown beef, lamb, chickens, free range eggs, it makes a huge, huge difference.
One of the things, we ate at a place one time, just once and we ordered catfish, of course that’s a Southern delicacy that’s really not that delicate. Janet says what is this, this is not catfish? They said well, yeah, it’s catfish, it’s called basa from the Mekong Delta. Janet says where’s the Mekong Delta? I said Vietnam. She said I’ll never eat at that place again. Tilapia, that’s really really popular, that’s going to make Janet mad because she likes the Parmesan crusted Tilapia, we’ll get to the Parmesan …
Janet: The restaurant I liked it at doesn’t it serve it anymore so I don’t eat there.
Dr. Lewis: Yeah.
Janet: It probably wasn’t even a Tilapia.
Dr. Lewis: Tilapia is a cheap farmed fish and they cut down the mangroves which is good for filtering systems and good to protect you against tsunami’s but they farm Tilapia. When they farm it many, many times and this is usually out of southeast Asian, it’s full of antibiotics that are banned in America and all kinds of other pollutants.
Janet: There’s a way to make sure that what you’re buying from the grocery stores or big box retailers look for third party labels that verify quality.
Dr. Lewis: Very important.
Janet: One of them is the Marine Stewardship Council because they’re logo features the letter MSC and a blue check-mark in the shape of a fish and that’s, they’re auditors who certify where the fish came from and how it got to you. That’s one way you can know you’re getting something good also if the fish is farm raised look for the global Aqua Culture Alliance best practices symbol. Alaska does not permit Aqua Culture so all Alaskan fish is wild caught. They have some of the cleanest water and some of the best maintained and most sustainable fisheries.
Dr. Lewis: If they say it’s from Alaska then that’s the only thing you have to worry about, are they telling the truth there because if it comes from Alaska it’s better fish. Let me tell you how crazy this can be about how you’re being bamboozled in thinking good food is, thinking bad food is actually good, Angus beef is a big buzz word and people will have this perception, oh it’s Angus, it’s better because of the way they advertise it. It increases your perceived value and therefore the price. Our United Stated Department of Agriculture defines, it defines Angus by the color. If it comes from a steer that’s fifty-one percent black, they can call it Angus even if it’s a different breed.
I thought Janet would jump on that, apparently not but that’s pretty fraudulent in my part. I’ve raised a few cows when I was a kid and they taste different depending on whether it was a milk cow or meat breed and it made a big difference, of course we always pasture raised ours which made it better. That’s one of the less harmful fake things that goes on. Let me get on my soap box for a minute, like I hadn’t been already, honey, honey is fake, fake, fake, fake. You need to be buying your honey from the guy on the side, the old man on the side of the road or somebody that you know since I have bees now. There was a big stink about Chinese honey was cut with corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup to enhance profit margins. Corn syrup has mercury in it so yeah, let’s give honey to your kids that has mercury and fry their little neurons so their brain doesn’t function as good.
Sometimes the Chinese people would even feed the corn syrup to the bees so they could get into the honey more naturally. It can be appropriate to feed bees and I’ve done it but I do not feed them high fructose corn syrup. I feed them cane sugar, not even beet sugar. I feed them cane sugar and if I can get organic, my bees get the very best. They say thank you and don’t sting me more than four or five times when I mess with them. There’s a voluntary grading system on honey, grade A, B, C but there’s no enforcement whatsoever so you don’t really know what you’re getting so get it locally. My brother has this on his label, if you don’t know your beekeeper, you don’t know your honey or something to that effect. I agree, his honey is really, really good.
Janet: I know my beekeeper and my honey. No pun intended.
Dr. Lewis: Yeah, pun’s real intended there.
Janet: I think it’s very interesting also that shrimp are a little bit being manipulated or a lot being manipulated. I guess because they are one of the biggest products that we eat here in the US, as we love our shrimp.
Dr. Lewis: That sounds like she’s picking on short people but that’s not what she means.
Janet: No. Restaurant shrimp is virtually one hundred percent guaranteed to be from poorly palisade farms in southeast Asia.
Dr. Lewis: Mekong Delta.
Janet: Yeah, something just seems real wrong with that.
Dr. Lewis: If you notice it tastes different than the Gulf shrimp and we go to the Gulf Coast and Mississippi quite a bit and see some really good friends down, there and of course they go and buy shrimp and crab right off the boat.
Janet: Yeah.
Dr. Lewis: It tastes better, different.
Janet: You’re paying that nine ninety-nine all you can eat popcorn shrimp deal, you can bet that shrimp is not coming from the best quality sources because the problem whether you’re saying well, this just coming out of there, what’s the big deal? A lot of them, they are typically cut mangroves where nature’s filtration system, a defense against tsunami’s so it’s really bad for the environment and a lot of wasted chemicals are dumped directly to the ocean there. You’re picking up all of that. The people that are working there are slave labor in production of farmed shrimp which is bad for them.
Dr. Lewis: Yeah, that’s a good point. We, Janet and I have been to China and we saw a lot of factories of different types. It was amazing how unhappy some of them were, although they were generally very gracious people but they working for five cents an hour. The farmer made the equivalent of five dollars per month, that was pretty much slave labor. It was pitiful to see. We gripe here in America, we still have so much to be grateful for and that’s why I said at the beginning be nice to people because I don’t care who they are, they’re doing something that makes your life better.
Janet: Again, when you go to the store and you buy that bag of so called wild caught shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico it most of the time simply is not. You need to look for those blue check markers on them and make sure that it’s actually certified or somebody’s auditing that package of fish you’re getting.
Dr. Lewis: Even though it’s, if it is wild caught out of the Gulf of Mexico there’s, the Gulf of Mexico is pretty polluted and especially after the oil spill it wasn’t so much the oil that was the problem it was the surfactant that they put on there. Our friends down in southern Mississippi and Biloxi Gulfport, they’re noticing a great, great increase in a lot of horrific neurological diseases since they put that surfactant on the BP oil spill trying to get rid of the oil. They’re saying some really horrible things. We actually have a friend down there that’s dying of one of those horrible neurological diseases. I think he’s in his forties. It ain’t pretty, folks.
Learn to clean up, learn to make better choices, learn to get back to hey, it’s a real fish, not a piece of a fish which leads me to, I’m sorry to pick on McDonald’s but this was already reported in the news about pink slime. We’ve talked about that before …
Janet: They have it coming.
Dr. Lewis: Yeah, reconstituted meat and meat glue which some of your better steaks are actually glued pieces but the McDonald’s McRib and that was, came under scrutiny because the ABC news did an expose on it and found out that there’s more than seventy ingredients that make up the McRib and one of them is pork. To me if it’s a McRib it should be one hundred percent pork but it has things in it that I can’t pronounce this, azodicorbonamide, which is the material that you can find in your jogging shoes and yoga mats and it was the lady called food babe on the internet that exposed that. It was in the bread of Subway sandwiches so Subway changed it so folks, the more you learn and the more you vote with your dollar the more you’re going to make choices to change the food industry that’s going to bless someone you’ve never met and never will meet. That goes back again in a country where we can be anything in the world the first thing you should do is be kind and gracious.
Janet: Right. You keep talking about all these different foods and things, what if they’re, people just have a hard time getting a good something in their system? What is something you could recommend for them to supplement with so that they’re at least getting some of the good nutrition even when they’re trying to eat correctly but sometimes can’t do that. Is there a product that you could recommend that would help with that?
Dr. Lewis: Yeah, there’s all sorts of things that the community agrees with but the main thing is start with a good multi-vitamin. It has to be good and there are a lot of not so good multi-vitamins out there, most of them … the one we, as the giveaway …
Janet: The multi-vitamin that Dr. Lewis, I think likes to recommend is the one multi-vitamin. It’s made by Pure Encapsulations and it’s something that you take just one of them a day. It says sustained release, it has some CoQ10 and all made with vegetarian ingredients so if you’re not going to get something healthy in your diet you can at least do it multi-vitamin so that you would be picking up something healthy.
Dr. Lewis: I think that’s pretty obvious that everybody should start there. Then some of the other things the experts agree with is a good clean fish oil, which I hope we get time to talk a little bit more about fish.
Janet: What if you think you’re doing all these things right and you’re eating well but you still really don’t feel good? There’s people doing that, they’re actually farming stuff and they’re … we have a lot of those actually, they’re really doing a good job.
Dr. Lewis: Yes.
Janet: We tell people well, if you’re doing everything right and you just feel like you still don’t feel well there’s probably something missing going on nutritionally with your health that you’re just not absorbing what you’re having. Really the only way to know that is to look at lab, see what’s going on. Go to our website at, fill out the health survey and let Dr. Lewis take a look at what’s going on with you symptomatically so that we can better advise you on how to get better.
It may be more than just changing your diet. You may actually need to have some lab work run which we do very low cost throughout the United States so that we’re not guessing at what’s going on with you or if your doctors told you you’re fine and you still don’t feel fine. Maybe he’s run some labs, send it over to us and let us take a look at it because there’s different components to this. Sometimes it’s more than just what you’re eating but these guidelines that Dr. Lewis is trying to give you now are just to try help you make better choices so in general you start feeling better. If you still have other questions more specific, join his closed Facebook group that’s Shooting Straight with Dr. Lewis. Just shoot me an email at and we can add you to the list or if you’re a friend on Dr. Lewis’s Facebook anyway he can add you there also.
We have a lot of interesting questions and a lot of our patients are actually putting pictures of things that they’re making like the …
Dr. Lewis: Kombucha.
Janet: The kombucha that they’re putting on there and giving different ideas to people that would are either too scared to ask or don’t really know about health as well and it helps educate them a whole lot on how to get their lives living at a hundred percent.
Dr. Lewis: The knowledge is very, very good but I tell people knowledge without action is for nothing. That goes back to faith without works is dead. There’s people that have gotten some incredible results, they’re always the ones that do the work and then they give me the credit which I do not take. I said well, I’m a good coach but you did the work so those of you that are just gathering knowledge and not having any action, it’s not worth it just goes to sleep, take a nap, because information is no good without the action.
The ones that are taking action like little Lauren that was asking the, on Shooting Straight, she was asking about kombucha, here’s a young teenager that’s taking control of her health and feeling so much better. Her and her family are just very huge blessings to us because they take massive action so therefore they get massive good results. Success leads clues but folks, so does failure. If you’re failing in your health, give up control because you really have no control anyway and go to someone that can guide you through it. I’ll be nice but I tell people all the time, I said, at the bottom it’s not going to cut it but I try to be polite about it.
There’s a lot of people making choices that are half information and that’s why we tell you about this food. Real food, it’s grown and it’s sold whole. It has a lot of different qualities, depending on where it comes from but a real food is going to spoil. If you can set it on the shelf for months and years at a time it’s not real food. Real food requires preparation and again, go to your local fish market, your meat market, go to your local farmer and get your beef there, get your chicken eggs there. I have a friend that brings me chickens because I’d given him all my chickens and I made sure with the feed store he, they sell him the non-genetically modified organic feed whether he likes it or not. I told the feed store lady, I said, sell it to him, he’s got the money. I want my girls to have the best and then of course he brings the eggs to me and they still taste really, really delicious and I’m not even taking care of them.
You have to get a network of people that can support you in making good food choices. I know a lot of cattle farmers which I can get good beef anytime I want. We can get good chicken. I guess I need to go fishing though, Janet.
Janet: I think it’s interesting about Parmesan cheese which saddens me.
Dr. Lewis: It was on that Tilapia.
Janet: I know. I’m looking at what’s in the bad stuff because the good Parmesan cheese came out of Parma Italy and its world famous because that’s where they’re making it. That’s like the good, the really good Parmesan is the king of cheeses because it was made today as it was eight hundred years ago. It’s also one of the most strictly regulated most wholesome and purest foods you can buy. The law even dictates where cattle were allowed to graze with that cheese. They’re all grass-fed cows. They’re not allowed to graze in fields where fertilizer or pesticides are applied, it’s called Parmesano reggiano, I’m not sure I’m pronouncing that right but that’s the brand.
Dr. Lewis: That sounded sexy.
Janet: Thank you. That’s the one that you really want. Now, fake Parmesan cheese is totally legal in the US and you’re thinking how can cheese be fake? It’s the pre-grated one which contains added cellulose of plant fiber which is added to prevent the clumping so …
Dr. Lewis: Did you know termites are really good at digesting plant fibers?
Janet: Really?
Dr. Lewis: I’m sorry that didn’t belong-
Janet: Since we’re not a termite I’m thinking we shouldn’t really be eating that.
Dr. Lewis: That didn’t belong in there, folks. I just wanted to see Janet’s look. They gave me the stink eye on that one.
Janet: Yeah, so you may be paying for cheese and you’re getting plant fiber.
Dr. Lewis: Yeah.
Janet: I don’t know, that’s just sad. You would think they’d give you cheese. You just don’t even think in terms without somebody educating you like this, you think you’re doing things right and then you read these things and you’re like oh my gosh, I had no idea.
Dr. Lewis: Then we have to change our brands of Parmesan cheese-
Janet: Now we just can’t eat anything.
Dr. Lewis: It’s delicious on our non-GMP organic popcorn, Parmesan cheese is.
Janet: I think we’re going to have to create our own farm growing everything on it which is sad that you have to be that way.
Dr. Lewis: As you get back to the local farmers and the ones that are trying to do it organically, you’re going to vote with your pocketbook. I find it really funny that Costco is investing a lot of money in organic farms so that they can produce more organic produce for the people that buy at Costco. A lot of you doesn’t have a Costco. I think our nearest one is Dallas. There are changes made because your consciousness is changing because you’re voting with your pocketbook because you do choose to buy something that’s a little bit more expensive. It may be thirty percent more expensive for organic food but usually organic food is about two, two and a half, three times more nutrient dense. Even if it didn’t have more nutrients, which it does, at least you’re not getting the pesticides that act like estrogen and causes contributing factor to a lot of the cancers.
Janet: It’s sad that we have to get our products from other countries because they’re actually wholesome because we can’t make it here in the US to be that way. The butter, my favorite butter that’s Irish, Kerrygold, oh my gosh, you can taste the difference in that butter versus regular butter. We try to use it in everything. It’s more expensive but as with the grass-fed cows, you can tell they’ve actually done what they said. The butter’s more yellow, it’s healthier.
Dr. Lewis: You’re talking about how our food is made in different countries, why is it that China and Russia is smarter than America because they will not import our food unless it’s verified ractopamine free? In America, they give our cows ractopamine which makes them have less fat and more muscle mass. The ractopamine has all kinds of problems. They don’t even get the cows off of it like they get them off many of the other drugs so it clears their system two weeks before slaughter. They keep giving them ractopamine. That is not a good thing and I think it’s really, really sad that Russia says no to our meat. That’s something that’s banned in about a hundred and twenty counties but not in Canada and United States. Folks, that’s why you should go back to your local farmers and say, okay, I can’t eat a whole beef, can I buy half a beef and share it with somebody or a quarter of a beef? Yes folks, it’s really worth it.
Janet: Yeah and then sushi is another one. I never even look at sushi just because we see on people’s lab work what the results of sushi have been for some.
Dr. Lewis: Eosinophils go sky-high, which means you probably have a parasite.
Janet: Yeah, because you’re eating raw fish and guess what raw fish has, parasites.
Dr. Lewis: Sooner or later you’ll get some cysts and if your GI tract is not working correctly, I just love, there’s some people that come down from Dallas and that’s about a hundred and twenty, a hundred and fifty-mile drive and they’ll say oh, I just can’t do it in Dallas. I just passed a worm in the toilet. I said well, you keep in eating sushi you’re going to keep having worms sooner or later.
Janet: On that note, stay away from your sushi.
Dr. Lewis: Raw fish is bait.
Janet: Yes, or you can come see us and we can clean it up. Again, if you’re having health issues please go to our website, If you know someone that is having health issues that could benefit from listening to our show and or talking with Dr. Lewis, please send them there also because our shows are on our website as well. Again, we appreciate you listening to this week’s show and we promise to have something very exciting for the next show. We hope you guys have a great blessed rest of your week and we’ll see you here right next time.
Dr. Lewis: Right next door.
Janet: Right next time on the Doctor’s Nutrition Show.
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