Brian Sheehan previews our list of The 27 Foods Doctors Won't Eat and Why. The complete story is in our Health section.
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 want to train your golden retriever, you go to a professional dog trainer. As experts in their fields and masters of their crafts, you trust their judgment almost implicitly. You may find yourself wondering, though, what type of shower a plumber uses. Does the baker eat muffins? Do the experts always, for lack of a better phrase, practice what they preach?
You may have pondered similar questions about your doctor. From specialists to your primary care physician, these trusted health resources guide you in the most important aspect of your existence: your health. It is only natural to assume most doctors, in their respective fields and with their advanced years of study, will do right by their own body, but what exactly is it that they are preaching and practicing?
We asked them once, we asked a second time, and now, after a third round of poking and prodding medical professionals from across the country, we’ve compiled our biggest list yet of the things that doctors won’t eat and why.
From celebrity doctors like Dr. Oz to our personal physicians, a wide range of experts have shared the foods that they don’t eat and why they won’t eat them. From seeing the results, you can get a better view on the current state of American food trends as well as healthy and unhealthy dining options.
“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. “The statistics… also explain the recent upsurge in type 2 diabetes. Clearly, U.S. citizens need 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.”
Included in the following list of things doctors won’t eat and why are “Nine Things Even Culinary CPR Could Not Revive” as explained by Dr. Michael S. Fenster, MD, FACC, FSCA&I, PEMBA, a faculty member at The University of Montana College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. As you’ll see, “Dr. Mike,” as he is known, has a lot of fun in his advocacy against many commonly eaten unhealthy things.
“As a practicing interventional cardiologist and a professional chef,” says Dr. Fenster, “my verboten list of foods can be quite extensive. Any item or entrée can fail to pass the mustard [sic] from both nutritional and health considerations as well the fact that, from a taste perspective, it’s a waste of perfectly good mustard.” Dr. Fenster classifies these foods, “every single one of them,” as DOA (Distasteful on Arrival).
Dr. Michael J. Hall, MD, MSc, PA, DABFM, is board certified in family medicine and the head of the Hall Longevity Clinic in Miami Beach. Dr. Hall has taken large steps to keep himself away from the questionably sourced and produced “Frankenfood” that is widely available in America today.
“As we enter a period of human history of greater biotechnology and genetic manipulation,” says Dr. Hall, “it concerns me greatly that our food supply is being adversely controlled by large international [corporations] that market and sell food and the American agricultural industry that grows and processes food. I have radically changed the way I eat due to understanding what our ‘food’ is becoming. Some might call it ‘Frankenfood,’ simply food that is part natural and part something else. Food may be adulterated at many levels: genetically, chemically, and during the processing stage.”
Thus, without further ado, we present the third installment of the Foods Doctors Won’t Eat and Why. Click ahead to see the 27 foods they said no to this time.