A recent episode of the uber-popular Dr. Oz Show discussed the dangers of supplements. While I like Dr. Oz and think this particular show is an important topic, I must disagree with several of Dr. Oz’s statements today.
For example, the Dr. Oz show began with the “Vinegar Test.” This test supposedly determines whether your supplement will break down in your body – a very important issue. According to Oz, if you heat a cup or so of vinegar to 98-degrees and then drop in a pill, it should dissolve in 30-minutes. The claim is if the pill doesn’t dissolve in 30-minute, it won’t dissolve in the body. The problem is…this is a bogus test!
Unfortunately, according to many sources including our own Nicole Gould, RD, LD, heated vinegar does not approximate the acidity of the stomach during digestion, and therefore this test does NOT help determine the quality of a supplement. My fear is countless people will begin tossing away supplements they now believe are now worthless, when in fact, they probably aren’t.
While I think this program makes some good points about supplement safety, I do disagree with a variety of the statements and feel others need further explanation. For more, I invite you to listen-in on today’s podcast.