Bad Foods You SHOULD Be Eating

Nov 20, 2013 6:46:53 AM

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Some healthy foods have bad reputations they just can’t shake. Do you avoid peanut butter because you think it’s really fattening? And have you banned egg yolk because you’re concerned about your heart health? In that case, read on to get the truth about these misunderstood foods, and learn exactly why you should be eating them - in moderation, of course!

Peanut Butter

The Bad Rep:

Peanut butter is super fattening.

The Good News:

Although peanut butter is high in fat, that doesn’t mean that it is fattening; gaining or losing weight and body fat basically comes down to balancing calories. Peanut butter is, however, a concentrated source of calories, so you shouldn’t go crazy. Due to its combination of fiber and protein, you don’t need to eat a lot of it to be satisfied – just a tablespoon (around 90 calories) or two of peanut butter goes a long way. In addition to being filling, peanut butter contains vitamin E, bone-building magnesium, folate and it’s packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. A recent study found that insulin-resistant adults who ate a diet high in monos had less belly fat than people who ate more carbohydrates or saturated fat. PS: If you're buying reduced-fat peanut butter because you think it's better for your waistline, save your money. The calories are the same (or even a little higher) thanks to the extra ingredients that are added to make up for the missing fat, including more sugar.

Eggs

The Bad Rep:

A significant source of dietary cholesterol, egg yolks are off-limits for those concerned about heart health.

The Good News:

If you know someone who’s still eating egg white omelets, then the “yolks on them” (get it?)! Medical experts now emphasize that saturated fats and trans fats are bigger culprits in raising blood cholesterol than dietary cholesterol is. Egg yolks contain lutein and zeaxanthin, compounds that reduce the risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in people over 50. What’s more, eggs are a super-filling food and full of protein, so they’re great for dieters, plus egg yolks are also a good source of choline, which is known to help block the absorption of fat.

Bread

The Bad Rep:

Bread is bad for you because it’s loaded with carbs.

The Good News:

Bread isn’t bad, but eating too many refined grains is, which is why you should switch to 100% whole wheat bread, or other whole grain breads. Complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat bread are not the dieter’s worst enemy, as they are often portrayed; in fact, bread made with whole wheat helps you maintain a healthy weight. According to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women who ate more whole grains consistently weighed less than women who ate fewer whole grains. Whole wheat bread is also full of fiber, keeping you full for longer and putting a stop to hunger cravings. Plus more good news; research in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who eat more whole grains may live longer.

Beef

The Bad Rep:

Beef is full of saturated fat and dietary cholesterol.

The Good News:

Lean cuts of beef are a low-fat source of protein and iron, and without enough iron, your body can’t get oxygen to your cells, which in turn slows down your metabolism. There are many lean cuts of steaks - filet mignon, sirloin, strip steak, flank steak, but if you can’t remember the names, pick steaks that are deep red with a relatively small amount of fat to find lean cuts.

 

dark chocolate benefits

Chocolate

The Bad Rep:

Chocolate is full of fat and sugar, plus it tastes amazing so it must be bad for you.

The Good News:

Eating a little bit of dark chocolate each day has been shown to reduce blood pressure, improve cognitive function, reduce stress levels and boost your mood and increase feelings of happiness, plus the antioxidants it contains can help slow the signs of aging and help protect from many types of cancer. Chocolate also contains essential minerals potassium, copper, magnesium and iron, and helps keep your blood vessels healthy to protect against type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, the flavonoids in dark chocolate help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body's insulin efficiently, without causing huge spikes in blood sugar levels. Dark chocolate does contain 27 calories per square plus 1.85 grams of fat, so try and limit yourself to no more than a few squares at a time.

Potatoes

The Bad Rep:

Potatoes rank high on the glycemic index, which measures how quickly different foods raise your blood sugar. Foods with a high GI value tend to cause a higher spike in blood sugar and insulin, which can be a problem for some people, particularly those with diabetes.

The Good News:

Potatoes are a good source of potassium and vitamin C, and unless you’re eating an absolutely plain potato all by itself, its GI value doesn’t matter since a high-GI potato becomes a low-GI meal if you simply add a little olive oil, because the added fat helps slow the absorption of the potato’s carbohydrates. Potatoes are also full of resistant starch and fiber, which keep you feeling full for longer, hence you’re less likely to snack.

Nuts

The Bad Rep:

Nuts are full of fat.

The Good News:

Nuts are full of fats, but they’re the good, heart-healthy unsaturated kinds. Nuts, and peanuts, which are technically legumes, also deliver a variety of other healthy nutrients. For example, pistachios are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin - antioxidants that help keep eyes healthy. Almonds provide vitamin E and walnuts offer significant amounts of heart-healthy omega-3 fats. However, you do need to keep an eye on serving size, as at around 160 to 200 calories per ounce, nuts do pack a substantial amount of calories.

Chocolate makes you happy, peanut butter’s good for your heart, egg yolks help stop the absorption of fat, bread helps you live longer - what more reasons do you need to start bringing these delicious and nutritious foods back from the wilderness and into your healthy eating plan? Remember though, everything in moderation!

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So, are you pleased to hear that some of your favorite foods aren’t the diet criminals you once thought? Let us know by commenting below!

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