Be prepared to get grossed out, maybe a little ticked off, and definitely learn a lot. From hotels to salons to weight loss plans, there are many things these industries don’t want you to know. But the joke’s on them, because we are sharing their dirty little secrets.
The average American dines out five times a week. And although the saying is “you are what you eat,” the scary part is that you don’t always know what you’re eating. Restaurateur and Food Network star of Restaurant Stakeout Willie Degel and chef Aaron McCargo Jr. share what restaurants won’t.
“I’ve seen people with sweaty hands, pick their face, touch food.” – Willie Degel
Love love love @katieshow! However, after this episode on restaurant secrets I never want to go out to dinner again!
— Katlin Leeper (@katieleeper) February 21, 2013
Willie Degel owns three steak houses and a burger joint. He says being clean is an absolute must for restaurants, and that if the restaurant doesn’t look clean from the outside, you probably shouldn’t eat there.
“What people touch, they imprint with their germs.” -Dr. Philip Tierno
— Christopher Bowers (@CSB_22) February 21, 2013
A third of all Americans are obese, and thousands more are struggling with their weight. There are countless products that promise to help people shed the unwanted pounds, but what the food and diet industries aren’t telling us is that they may actually be contributing to the problem. Dr. Mark Hyman, a physician and bestselling author from Lenox, Massachusetts, reveals the secrets the diet industry doesn’t want you to know.
“They’re driving up your appetite, they are making you crave more sugar.” -Dr. Mark Hyman
— Carol McNiff (@cbiz) February 21, 2013
Millions of women wear makeup every day. A couple of weeks ago, an op-ed in the New York Times opinionator blog got Katie wondering what’s really in makeup? The piece, titled “The Cosmetic Wars,” by Times food columnist Mark Bittman re-examined a number of health concerns raised over the years by advocacy groups. New York City dermatologist Ellen Marmur joins Katie to help sort out fact from fiction.
“I wouldn’t be concerned yet.” -Ellen Marmur
— Cathy (@___Cathy___) February 21, 2013
Most women look forward to a relaxing day at the salon. But before pampering yourself, Women’s Health executive editor Amy Keller Laird says there are some things you ought to know.
“The problem is what lies beneath.” -Amy Keller Laird
— Mikaela(@mikeyshayne523) February 21, 2013
When it comes to the hotel industry, there are a lot of things you don’t know that could make the difference between staying in the presidential suite or a roach motel. Jacob Tomsky from New York City is a hotel insider who writes about his climb to the top of the industry in his revealing tell-all Heads In Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, and Hustles and So-Called Hospitality.
“If it doesn’t look like you could clean it easily, it’s probably not cleaned that often.” -Jacob Tomsky
— Erin Koesters (@siod40) February 21, 2013