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8 Foods That Are Often Seen As Unhealthy, But Actually, They Aren't

Date February 12, 2018 15:22

Some foods have an undeserved bad reputation and are often seen as unworthy of being part of a healthy diet. But you probably know that moderation is key to making your diet healthier and more balanced, and even too much of the good stuff can have a negative effect on your well-being. Below are some foods that are perceived as unhealthful by many people but can actually benefit you if consumed in adequate amounts.

Coffee

Coffee had been getting a lot of flak until recently, but now, there are plenty of studies that prove its benefits. The drink is often seen as bad for heart health, but actually, the opposite is true. Drinking coffee regularly has been shown to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and it has been linked to a slight reduction in the risk of getting various types of cancer. 400 mg of caffeine (that’s about four cups of brewed coffee) is considered safe for healthy adults (more than the indicated amount can cause symptoms of an overdose).

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Whole-fat milk

Many people choose skim milk or low-fat milk over whole-fat one. But, according to a recent study, drinking whole-fat milk doesn’t put you at a higher risk of problems with the heart and vessels, and it doesn’t affect your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. It’s also doesn’t seem to contribute to weight gain (along with other whole-fat dairy products) if consumed in moderate amounts. By the way, dairy products are a good source of vitamin B12, which serves a lot of important functions in your body.

Chocolate

It’s true that chocolate is high in calories, but eating a little dark chocolate with at least 70% of cocoa content from time to time is actually good for your heart and for your brain. Cocoa, the main ingredient of dark chocolate, is a good source of flavonoids, a type of disease-fighting antioxidants that may decrease the risk of heart disease. Eating dark chocolate has also been linked with improved cognitive performance.

Peanut butter

There is a whopping 200 calories in just two tablespoons of peanut butter, but it’s a good source of protein and healthy fats. Thus, it can be good for you if you limit yourself to only a couple of tablespoons a day. But look carefully at the label and buy the type of product that has no additives, such as salt and sugar, thus being 100% nuts.

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Coconut oil

Coconut oil is almost 90% saturated fat, and this type of fat has been linked to all sorts of health issues. It’s true that excessive amounts of saturated fats in your diet will do more harm than good, but small amounts of coconut oil can improve your levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol.

Gluten

Some people mistakenly believe that gluten is bad for them, but there is nothing wrong with eating gluten-containing foods if you can digest gluten. The only people who should avoid gluten are those who have celiac disease or gluten intolerance. If you aren’t one of these people, there is no good reason for you not to eat foods that contain wheat, rye, barley, and other sources of gluten.

Potatoes

They are unhealthy in the form of fries, but any deep-fried foods aren’t very good for you for that matter. Potatoes are a staple food in many countries and are a good source of vitamin C and vitamin B6. They are also more beneficial if you don’t peel them. Instead of frying potatoes and adding lots of salt to them, try baked potatoes with herbs and olive oil.

Popcorn

The kind of popcorn found at movies theaters contains plenty of unhealthy additives (artificial flavorings, loads of salt, oil, and butter). If you want a healthy version of the snack, go for air-popped or light microwave popcorn which is low-calorie and contains fiber.

Source: Food Network Canada, Cosmopolitan, Calorie Secrets

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This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.

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