• Foods Doctors Skip

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    Foods Doctors SkipPhysicians only know so much about food and nutrition. Not that they are less knowledgeable about nutrition, but they know more about diseases and drugs and how these affect the human body.

    Most physicians can tell their patients what to and what not to eat and that’s about that. Most physicians I personally know have a limited understanding of nutrition, other than citing the food guide to healthy eating. They themselves eat a doubtful diet, but they do have foods which they don’t eat.

    Not everyone involved in healthcare business are healthy. Some eat comfort foods which consists of too sweet, salty, fatty or altogether. Some smoke and drink.

    The following are some examples of foods doctors just don’t eat. These foods are generally considered to be a bad choice for health reasons and if consumed, they may influence your own individual risk factors for disease

    Trans Fat

    Trans fat is a by-product of either the commercial production of solid fats from plant oils or the deep-frying of foods. Trans fat is produced when plant oils, which are liquid at room temperature, are heated and mixed with hydrogen under pressure. This hydrogenation process turns the liquid oil into a sold, which may be used to make margarine or the stabilizers added to many types of food. Normally, trans fat does not appear in our food, as these fats are chemically altered.

    Trans fats are particularly toxic to humans because they alter the fatty structures of cell membranes, and they cause a great deal of inflammation, immune activation, oxidation, and the production of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. The link between atherosclerosis …

    It’s best to avoid all foods containing trans fat. Packaged foods have nutritional facts. Best to avoid these foods containing trans fat on the label. Still, these labels are not available on foods you order in restaurants or fast food chains or foods you buy from the streets (e.g hotdog). I would advice you avoid them altogether.

    Saturated Fat

    Saturated fat is a solid at room temperature and mostly found in animal meats and products. High concentrations of saturated fat can be found in meat, organs, full-fat dairy products, butter, lard, and cheese. Prepared meats and deli products are quite high in saturated fat, as well. The feeling is that the intake of saturated fat can increase inflammation and LDL (low density lipoprotein) production in the liver, setting the stage for the development of atherosclerosis.

    However, not all saturated fats are bad at all. You just have to be careful on picking the source of that fat. In general, unrefined oils are BETTER than the refined processed ones. Still the rule sticks that you can only take saturated fats in moderation.


    Sugar per se isn’t just the raw table sugar (sucrose) we see on the table. Sugar can be obtained from fruits, milk, starches and even in vegetables. But these sources are considered the healthier ones compared to sucrose. But in the process of making other foods such as soft drinks, pastries, cakes, etc. sucrose is always present and is use in exchange or together with fructose.

    Sugar in any form is quite harmful to human health. Most sugar is consumed in foods and beverages, and it rapidly increases blood sugar and insulin secretion in the body. It provides little with respect to nutritional value and its continual intake often leads to accelerated fat gain, insulin resistance, inflammation, gout, fatty liver, food addiction, and high cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure.

    Processed foods and drinks containing high levels of fructose and/or sucrose increases risk for diseases like diabetes, obesity and others which can turn to metabolic syndrome – the combination of certain illness and diseases.

    It is important therefore to consume foods containing these in moderation and avoid them if your test results show you that you already have elevated levels of them in your body fluids.

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