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Foods Cardiologists Refuse to Eat

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When it comes to eating right, if you’re going to listen to anyone about what you should and shouldn’t eat, a cardiologist is that person.

A website talked to several cardiologists and asked them what foods they refuse to eat. This news really isn’t groundbreaking. We’ve heard it all before, but if you need a reminder of how to take care of your body, this is a good place to start.

Here are the foods these cardiologists refuse to eat.




Red Meat



Dr. Ronald J. Scheib, a cardiologist and Medical Director of Pritikin Logevity Center & Spa in Miami says he usually avoids red meat as much as possible.

The burgers and buns and heavily salted red meat stuff. In Western civilization, a lot of stuff we’re trained to eat increases heart attacks and obesity and diabetes. You have to find a little bit of an in between, but yeah, I basically stay away from red meat. I try to avoid fatty red meats, [such as] very fatty steaks. [But] you can cut the fat off.


Diet Soda
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Diet and Regular Soda



Dr. Adam Splaver, board certified in cardiology and internal medicine says drinking soda has serious consequences.

Drinking soda has serious consequences. Regular soda promotes an insulin spike, which leads to weight gain and can cause a host of metabolic disorders. Beyond sugar, soda has phosphoric acid, which can promote osteoporosis and may be a cancer-causing agent. As for diet soda, it can lead to the same spike and risk of metabolic disease; a recent study indicated that excessive drinking can counterintuitively lead to weight gain.



Processed Meats



Dr. Jennifer Haythe stays away from bacon, hot dogs, or things that have a lot of sodium or preservatives.

Dr. Nieca Goldberg says bacon is very high in fat and the lunch meats are all the same, even the turkey.

If you want a turkey sandwich, I’d get fresh-cut turkey.


Freshly Baked Cinnamon Rolls


Store-bought pastries



Dr. Splaver never drinks soda or eats pastries.

Baked goods generally have no nutritional value and often contain hidden saturated fat and hydrogenated shortenings, which may raise LDL (bad cholesterol). The added sugar is high in fructose, which can overload your liver and cause insulin resistance, which can lead to metabolic disorders including type 2 diabetes.


Cheddar cheese
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Food That is Heavy on Dairy



Dr. Robert Kloner, Director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at Huntington Medical Research Institutes says he avoids foods with heavy cream or ice cream.

I try to avoid heavy foods with lots of saturated fats, milk that isn’t low fat, heavy cream [or] ice cream with a high fat content.

Another cardiologist avoids creamy, buttery products, and cheese.



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Anything That Might Have Been in a 1950’s Era Bomb Shelter



Dr. Victoria Shin, a cardiologist with Torrance Memorial Physicians Network avoids soda, ramen noodles, Spam, Vienna sausages, Cheez whiz and hot dogs.


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