2. Processed meats
Bacon and hotdogs are simply irresistible. We could say the same thing for cold cuts like salami, sliced ham, and bologna. Despite their meaty goodness, doctors resist the temptation of eating processed meats.
Why doctors don’t eat them: Your doctor doesn’t eat them for the simple reason that they’re not good for you. Preservatives like sodium nitrate are added into these meats so they could be stored for prolonged periods. As if that’s not enough to kill you, they contain chemicals that maintain their “freshness” even if they’ve been in storage for several weeks. Apart from chemical preservatives, processed meats tend to be laden with salt or sugar and are high in saturated fat.
Processed meats like cold cuts increase a person’s risk for a number of chronic illnesses including hypertension, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease. Consumption of processed meats is also linked to stomach and colorectal cancer. These cancerous effects are caused by nitrates, which when digested, turn into a carcinogen known as N-nitroso. When cooked at high heat, the nitrates found in these meats transform into nitrites which are far more dangerous.
What doctors eat: Eat the real deal. Lean meats are preferable because they are lower in fat. Chicken and fish are the best meats to have in your diet. But you can also indulge in red meats so long as they are lean cuts.