“Eat healthy,” doctors always say. As health practitioners and nutrition experts, they advise people to eat [insert nutritious food here] so that they become healthier. Doctors also recommend foods that can help people prevent disease, achieve normal weight, and manage any existing health condition. But have you ever wondered which foods doctors don’t eat?
Here are 9 foods your doctor never eats.
1. Fruits and vegetables
Now before you stop eating that slice of fruit in your hand or having leafy salads for lunch, read up. Fruits and vegetables are healthy because they contain vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are either absent or scarce in meats and whole grains. Some are particularly high in antioxidants which fight cancer and aging. They are also a rich source of fiber which helps regulate metabolism.
Why doctors don’t eat them: Most fruits and vegetables you’d find in groceries contain pesticides and chemical fertilizers. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) examined thousands of fruit and vegetable samples from grocery markets in the United States. 98 percent of them were found to be contaminated with pesticides that have been linked to cancer. Other studies show that washing fruits and vegetables only removes toxic chemicals found on the surface. Those that are absorbed into the produce linger and are digested when eaten.
What doctors eat: As much as possible, eat fruits and vegetables that are 100% organic – meaning, they were grown with natural fertilizers and pesticides. Produce that has been grown organically has more nutritional value than produce grown with chemical fertilizers and synthetic pesticides. Organic fruits and vegetables also don’t carry the risk of causing cancer and other diseases.