That are actually good for you…
Which foods are bad and which ones are good, and how do you decide which when the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? Some foods have gained a bad reputation over the years due to wrong or outdated research. Others simply seem too tasty and addictive to also be healthy. Here are five examples of foods that have been considered bad for you, but in fact have remarkable health benefits:
Although people believed for years that eating more than a few eggs a week can increase cholesterol levels, recent research has refuted this myth, showing that it is safe to eat eggs every day. Eggs are a good source of inexpensive protein, unsaturated fats, choline, selenium, and zinc. A study has shown that eating eggs for breakfast promotes better satiety that eating carbohydrates, and can help you consume 200 calories less every day.
Popcorn, unlike cookies and chips, is a whole-grain snack with a high fiber content. It is also full of polyphenols, the same kind of antioxidants found in red wine, olive oil, and green tea. Studies have shown that, ounce per ounce, popcorn has twice as many antioxidants as most fruit and vegetables; 90 percent of them are found in the hull. For maximum health benefits, it is best to consume popcorn unsalted, as a lot of sodium will counteract its health benefits.
Coffee is not just delicious and energizing, but it has been associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as an overall reduced risk of death. Coffee has also been shown to prevent liver and colon cancer, and may help boost cognitive function, improve athletic performance, and reduce the risk of neurological diseases.
Although rich in fat, chocolate has the highest amount of antioxidants found in nature. Not only does it help maintain the elasticity of blood vessels, but the consumption of up to 100 grams of dark chocolate a day has been associated with a decreased risk of stroke and heart disease. For optimal benefits, choose the darkest chocolate available; if possible, buy the raw type, which has the highest antioxidant level.
Just like eggs, fats — especially saturated fats such as lard and butter — have been accused for decades of increasing the risk of heart disease. However, recent research has shown the trans fats found in margarine and commercial baked goods are to blame. In fact, a diet rich in healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil avocado, nuts, and even some saturated fats from free-range, grass-fed animals, can minimize the risk of heart disease and reduce obesity. High-fat, low-carb diets have also been shown to protect against stroke, cancer, diabetes, and neurological diseases.
People have become accustomed to believing that healthy food is usually unpalatable.However, recent research has vindicated such foods as eggs, coffee, and chocolate, which in fact may help protect from afflictions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
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