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October 23, 2010

Dr. Oz recommends oatmeal, a banana and walnuts for breakfast

Filed under: Health — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 7:57 am

Yesterday, I watched the Dr. Oz show on TV and heard him recommend a nutritious breakfast consisting of a bowl of oatmeal with walnuts and a banana.  Not a bad idea. Oatmeal lowers cholesterol and walnuts are a good source of healthy fat.  Bananas are loaded with potassium which will lower blood pressure. 

But what Dr. Oz didn’t take into consideration is that bananas are a high glycemic food that will raise the blood sugar of diabetics.  Bananas and oatmeal in the same meal would provide too much sugar for someone with Type II diabetes.

Update, Nov. 26, 2010: I have changed my mind about bananas since I learned from another Dr. Oz show that bananas contain the same chemical that is found in pineapple, which helps arthritis.  I don’t know how to spell the name of the chemical and I am too lazy to look it up.  To take care of the problem of bananas being full of sugar, I just add a sprinkle of cinnamon which helps people with Type II diabetes to process sugar.

Back to my original post:

In the Chinese Yin-Yang method of eating, bananas are extreme Yin and should not be eaten by someone who has a Yin disease such as diabetes.  Also, bananas should not be eaten in parts of the country which are cold in winter.  In other words, if bananas can’t possibly grow where you live, don’t eat them.  That’s according to the Chinese rule of eating healthy. (Did you ever see a banana served in a Chinese restaurant?)

Diabetics have to pay attention to the glycemic index and not eat too many foods that are high glycemic — such as bananas.  Avocados have more potassium than bananas and they also contain healthy fat.  I modify the Dr. Oz menu by substituting a couple of slices of avocado for the banana, and sprinkling a bit of cinnamon on the oatmeal.  Cinnamon works just as well as drugs for controlling Type II diabetes.

For people who live alone and don’t want to cut up an avocado every time they want to eat just a little bit, you can buy fresh guacamole and keep it in the fridge.  Then just eat a couple of spoonfuls instead of a banana for breakfast. I live where avocados grow and where you can find prepared guacamole in every grocery store.  People who live in North Dakota, and also have diabetes, might have to find another high potassium food for the perfect breakfast.


  1. What if you are not native to the area that fruit “couldn’t possibly grow”? then, your body would be used to eating other foods, right?
    EAT MORE FRUIT, LESS FAT…. PEOPLE ARE STILL EATING TOO MUCH FAT, EVEN GOOD FATS. Wake up >> VEGETABLE OILS are given to livestock to FATTEN UP. Vegetable oils(Omega 6) are in just about every junk and fat food you can find now… just read labels. (canola oil, soy oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil… all Omega 6 = inflammatory) google Ray Peat and his findings back to 1940s with vegetable oils and being toxic to body.

    Comment by Leah Ayers — January 11, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

  2. BTW a banana and 8-10 ounces of whole milk an hour before bedtime is part of a healthy recipe for the gluten sensitive, gluten intolerant or celiac. The fat and protein in the milk levels out the glycemic index of the banana. The banana contributes fiber to help with solid waste elimination upon arising.

    Comment by Mary Fitzpatrick — May 18, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

  3. Family history on my Mother’s side is heart failure/TIA’s/blood thinners/strokes/heart attacks/creeping dementia/Alzheimer’s. I take a statin to reduce early onset dementia per a study from Johns Hopkins. However I only recently found out that women produce most of their cholesterol in the evening, so a statin needs to be ingested around 7 p.m. I cook with cold pressed expelled virgin coconut oil instead of butter or olive oil, to drastically reduce my cholesterol. Coconut oil is widely used in the Orient and they have almost non existent heart conditions like we see here in the USA.

    Comment by Mary Fitzpatrick — May 18, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

  4. I’m glad you’re questioning the “wisdom” of Dr. Oz. All this TV talk is for fools who don’t really know a thing about the subject [whatever it is that’s being talked about] and believe the pronouncements of the “experts” are the latest word on the subject.

    Don’t get your dietary advice from TV. It’s always changing with the latest fad.

    Comment by Skeptic — October 23, 2010 @ 8:27 am

    • In general, the Dr. Oz show is excellent, but occasionally he slips up. Like the other day, when he told his audience not to drink grapefruit juice if you take statin drugs. He neglected to say WHY you shouldn’t combine grapefruit juice with statin drugs. It’s because grapefruit juice lowers cholesterol, the same as the statin drugs. He should have said NOT TO TAKE STATIN DRUGS, but just to drink grapefruit juice which will work just as well as the drugs. In fact, he should have told his audience not to eat high potassium foods like bananas if you take drugs to lower blood pressure, since this could cause your blood pressure to go too low.

      Dr. Oz says that your blood sugar reading should be below 100. Then he recommends eating a banana which will raise your blood sugar too high if you eat other high glycemic foods at the same time.

      Comment by furtherglory — October 23, 2010 @ 9:22 am

      • You watch too much television. You are clearly addicted to it. 🙂

        There are better places to learn about healthy food and lifestyle on the Internet. Dr. Mercola, even though his newsletter has gone commercial (he is obviously farming it out now), has tons of quality information there. Just search for what you’re interested in. I think it’s
        Dr. Mercola will tell you never to take statin drugs. But on TV, they have to along with the establishment at least 50%.

        Comment by Skeptic — October 23, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

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