Foods That Even Gastroenterologists Avoid
Gastroenterologists know a whole lot about how food impacts our health. They treat and study diseases of the digestive system and how different foods can impact gut health. So it may come as a surprise to learn that even they are careful not to consume certain foods.
Don’t eat raw seafood
Gastroenterologists generally avoid eating raw and undercooked seafood due to the increased risk of food-borne illness. This includes raw oysters, fish, and sushi. Any frozen seafood should also be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 145 F to reduce the risk of illness.
Not likely to consume deli meats
Deli meats, including the soaking liquid, should be avoided due to the increased risk of food-borne bacterial infection. Salami, hotdogs and other processed meats have been linked with increased risks for colorectal cancer.
Bye Bye to sugar-sweetened beverages and processed junk foods
It should come as no surprise that sugary sodas, fruit drinks, sports drinks and diet versions are off-limits for gastroenterologists. They are linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.
Processed foods such as potato chips, French fries, cookies, and pastries should also be avoided. The unhealthy fats, refined carbohydrates and processed sugars found in such foods, can contribute to serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
Say ‘No’ to artificially sweetened drinks
Artificial sweeteners should be avoided as they have been linked to an increased risk of weight gain, cancer and gut microbiome disruption. They can also worsen digestive symptoms such as bloating and diarrhea.
Gastroenterologists generally avoid these foods
Gastroenterologists are known to generally refrain from eating these foods for the health of their own digestive and overall health:
- Raw/undercooked seafood
- Deli meats
- Sugar-sweetened beverages and processed junk foods
- Artificially sweetened drinks
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for everyone, not just gastroenterologists. Taking the steps to avoid these items can significantly benefit your health and well-being in the long-term.
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