There are a few select professionals you consult when making decisions in life. If you’re looking to purchase a home, you seek the counsel of a realtor. If you’re wondering how you should invest your money, you turn to a financial advisor. As experts in their fields and masters of their crafts, you trust their judgment almost implicitly. No matter whom the expert it is that you are consulting, a part of you always wants to know what it is that they would do if they were in your shoes. After all, these authorities are human too.
This is especially true of the medical professionals in your life. From your specialists to your primary care physician, these trusted health resources guide you in important decision making regarding your wellbeing. It is only natural to assume most doctors in their respective fields with their advanced years of study will do right by their own body, practicing what they preach. So what exactly is it that they are preaching and practicing?
To find out we asked various doctors (once again) across the country from our own primary physicians to high profile doctors like Dr. Oz, to share with us what foods they avoid in their personal lives and what they think Americans can do to get healthy.
The problem, they say begins with a lack of awareness. “We only have to look at statistics on obesity to understand the lack of awareness Americans have regarding a healthy diet,” says Dr. Joe Alton, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of OB/GYN and co-author of The Survival Medicine Handbook.
Alton cites data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009–2010
● More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
● More than 1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese.
● More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity.
● About one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweight or obese.
● More than 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be obese.
“The statistics above also explain the recent upsurge in Type 2 Diabetes,” Alton further explains. “Clearly, U.S. citizens needs more education about what a healthy diet is and its importance in avoiding medical issues.”
While other doctors concede that it isn’t all doom and gloom, the best practices of healthy living haven’t truly been put into effect either.
“The reliance on restaurants, take-out, and pre-made foods is a problem in America,” says Dr. Frank Lipman, Integrative & Functional Medicine Physician, founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, and author of The New Health Rules. “If more people cooked for themselves, even simple meals like an omelette, it would make a huge difference in how they felt! When you can control the ingredients in your food, especially the oils used and the sugar added, you are much more likely to eat more nutritious and less damaging food. First, I suggest buying mostly foods that don't even come with labels... Then, if buying a packaged food, always look for how many grams of sugar it has! Anything over five grams should be considered dessert and not a health food. Also, always read the actual ingredient list! Watch out for vegetable oils of any kind, hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, and MSG – and basically any word that you can't pronounce. Additionally, choose products with the Non-GMO stamp and organic labels to make sure you're avoiding GMOs and any extra toxins.”
Even those who are cooking at home are still making major errors, though. “I think there are several mistakes people make with their diets,” concedes Dr. David Dragoo, Aurora , Colorado anesthesiologist and medical expert for MoneyCrashers. “But one of them is focusing too much on calorie counts. It is important, but people should also be making sure they consume more fresh, unprocessed, and whole foods.”
While it may not be entirely unanimous, there are foods that doctors have repeatedly warned against, and a few new ones that may surprise you. Find out what foods doctors added to this year’s list and decide for yourself if you shouldn’t be eating these foods either.
"I would not eat bacon, because it is full of fat and cholesterol, and the nutritional value is very minimal," says Dr. Omid Javadi, cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California. "I think bacon is probably one of the worst foods on the planet. People love the taste and it is very palatable because of that fact, but when you look at its content, it is pure fat and cholesterol -- and fat is just hanging from it.”.
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, cardiologist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City goes on to say that bacon “is a processed food, with no exact benefits, but carries with it all that is bad for a diet — chemicals, salt, and fat.”
Breads or Pasta
“I wont eat bread or pasta," declares Dr. Patrick Roth, author of The End of Back Pain, chairman of neurosurgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, and founding member of the North Jersey Brain & Spine Center. "This choice is based on the belief that each of us has a distinct susceptibility to foods with a high glycemic index. I subscribe to focusing on keeping my insulin level low with low glycemic index foods rather than on counting calories. Bread and pasta present three problems: They are high glycemic index, they are not whole foods (man made), and they are tremendously delicious and addictive.”
This article way originally published on February, 11, 2015.