On Doctor’s Day, here’s a ready reckoner on must-have and must-avoid foods

We all follow doctors’ orders when we are sick and ailing. Whom do doctors listen to? Taking care of themselves is as important to doctors as taking care of their patients. Here’s reminding the doctors about their nutrition on Doctors’ Day.

Nutrition Inside a Doctor's Kitchen!

Top 5 foods doctors should say no to:

Margarine: Hydrogenated fats (trans fats) have proven risk to heart diseases. You might as well have moderate butter, than stocking up on hydrogenated fats.

Carbonated drinks: Provides empty calories, with no beneficial nutrients. The same with diet-carbonated drinks.

Beef, bacon and ham: Red meat has been associated with increased risk to many lifestyle diseases. Stay away from red and processed meat.

Pickles: Laden in salt, pickles are not healthy. Increased salt consumption has been linked to hypertension and fluid imbalance.

Sugar candy: Sugar candy does not lead to dental carries alone. Sugar is also related to obesity and metabolic diseases.

Top 5 food doctors should say yes to:

Fruits: Add colour and variety to your diet by including plenty of fruits. Fresh fruits are rich in fibre, anti-oxidants and phyto-nutrients. Prefer whole fruits to fruit juices.

Fish, flax seeds and walnuts: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, these foods are termed heart-healthy. If you love fish, include it 2-3 times a week (not deep fried). And if you don’t like fish, take flax seeds and walnuts.

Greens: They are a good source of iron, calcium and other micronutrients. Prefer greens over other starchy veggies.

Whole pulses and sprouts: Packed with proteins, they also contain fibre and B-vitamins. Include them regularly in your diet.

Curd and yoghurt: They provide pro-biotics, calcium and milk protein. Prefer low fat variants to whole fat.