Have you ever been told that you shouldn’t eat a certain food because it’s bad for your health? Most likely, at some point in his life, he was advised not to eat foods such as eggs, bacon, butter, and salt. In fact, some of these foods may even be healthy! Here are 9 “bad” foods you can (and should) eat guilt-free:
For years, eggs had a bad reputation because of their high cholesterol content. However, recent studies have shown that dietary cholesterol has a much smaller effect on blood cholesterol than previously thought. In fact, eggs are packed with nutrients like protein, vitamin D, and cholesterol, all of which are essential for good health. So don’t hesitate to eat an egg or two for breakfast!
Potatoes get a bad rap because they’re often fried or loaded with toppings like butter, sour cream, and cheese. However, potatoes are actually very nutritious. They are a good source of potassium and vitamin C and can be incorporated into a healthy diet. Just be sure to choose healthier preparation methods. Like grilling or steaming instead of frying. Limit the amount of high-fat toppings you use.
Whole milk has long been considered unhealthy because it is high in saturated fat. However, new research suggests that whole milk may actually be healthier than skim milk. As a result, whole milk contains more vitamins A and D, two vitamins important for bone health. So if you must drink milk, make sure it’s whole milk!
Like eggs, bacon has also been demonized for its high cholesterol and saturated fat content. But then again, studies have shown that the saturated fats in bacon have little to no effect on our blood cholesterol levels. Also, bacon is considered a real source of selenium. An important mineral for the proper functioning of the thyroid. Since it contains vitamin B 12 and protein.
The butter :
Butter has long been considered a food enemy due to its high content of saturated fat. However, recent studies have revealed that the saturated fats in butter are not as harmful as once thought. In fact, butter is a good source of vitamins A and E, two important vitamins for healthy skin and eyesight. So enjoy your toast with a little butter, your body will thank you!
Refined carbohydrates have gotten a bad rap in recent years because they are believed to be responsible for weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. However, not all refined carbohydrates are created equal.
White bread, white rice and cakes made from white flour are considered ‘bad’ as they are stripped of their fiber, vitamins and minerals during the refining process. On the other hand, brown rice, whole wheat bread, and cakes made with whole wheat flour still contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and are just as good! So when it comes to refined carbs, go for the brown stuff!
Red meat :
Red meat has gotten a bad rap through many diets that eliminate it due to its high content of saturated fat and cholesterol. However, not all red meats are created equal. Grass-fed beef is actually lower in saturated fat than grain-fed beef. As it is higher in omega-3 fatty acids (which are beneficial for heart health). So if you must eat red meat, avoid the supermarket shelves and favor direct sales offered by farms.
The salt :
Salt gets a bad rap because too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure. However, all salts should not be confused. Refined table salt is high in sodium, but unrefined sea salt is low in sodium. Additionally, unrefined sea salt contains minerals like magnesium and calcium, two essential minerals for bone health. So ditch the refined salt and opt for unrefined sea salt instead!
Caffeine has always been considered addictive and unhealthy. In fact, recent studies have shown that moderate amounts of caffeine can be beneficial to health. In fact, caffeine can improve cognitive performance, increase alertness, and even protect against memory decline. So don’t be afraid to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. Chances are it will do you more good than harm!
As you can see from this list, “bad” foods are not necessarily bad for your health! That doesn’t mean you have to binge and only eat double bacon cheeseburgers every day. (Moderation is key). But that means there’s no need to feel guilty about enjoying these ‘bad’ foods from time to time!
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