Our food choices are often shaped by what’s easily accessible in grocery stores, served in popular cafes, or promoted on TV and social media. But are these choices always healthy? In a recent Instagram reel, Dr. Jeremy London, a seasoned cardiovascular surgeon, discusses four foods he steadfastly avoids. Surprisingly, these foods are everyday staples that many of us consume regularly. However, not all medical experts may agree with completely shunning all of these foods, particularly the third item on his list. Let’s delve into his recommendations.

US-Based Cardiovascular Surgeon Gives A Thumbs Down To These 4 Foods:

1. Fast Food

“Most offerings at fast food chains are merely ‘edible food products’ rather than real food,” explains the doctor. According to Harvard Health, items like hamburgers, fries, and sugary sodas can promote inflammation, a significant factor in the development of artery-clogging plaque. Conversely, studies show that diets rich in fruits, vegetables, and anti-inflammatory foods can lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
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2. Soft Drinks

The surgeon avoids “both diet and regular soft drinks.” A recent 2024 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals that people who consume sugary beverages more than twice weekly face an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease, regardless of their physical activity levels. This risk escalates further for daily consumers.

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3. Milk And Milk Products

“We’re the only mammals that drink milk beyond infancy, and we’re consuming it from a different species. Think about that,” suggests the doctor. However, opinions on dairy vary. In an article on Harvard Health titled ‘What’s the deal with dairy and heart health?’, Dr. JoAnn Manson notes, “Moderate consumption of full-fat dairy can be part of a healthy diet.”
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4. Alcohol

Alcohol is toxic to every cell in our bodies,” asserts the cardiac surgeon. “Even moderate or occasional use can be detrimental to our health. If we’re striving to optimize our well-being, eliminating alcohol should be a priority.”

Disclaimer: This content, including advice, provides generic information only and should not replace qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your doctor for personalized guidance. NDTV does not endorse the views expressed in this article.

About Jigyasa KakwaniJigyasa finds her solace through writing, a medium she is exploring to make the world more informed and curious with every story published. She is always up for exploring new cuisines, but her heart comes back to the comforting ghar-ka-khana.

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