We have found foods that have a bad first impression but deserve a good second chance. What we mean is, that on our quest for a healthy lifestyle and healthier diet, we have found that people generally steer away certain from foods that are said to be ‘bad for you’. However, how would you react now that we say these “bad” foods are actually dam well GOOD for you! All of these foods have been advertised and condemned for be being ‘unhealthy’ but are actually healthy for you! We know right? Unbelievable.
Before you make that list of steer away foods into an oath on stone, let’s look at some of these foods maybe you’ll not only learn to accept them but you may inadvertently love some of them. Here is the top 10 foods that have been condemned as being not so good, but we say, think again.
1. Nut Too Bad
2. Rice to the Challenge
White rice has been overly mislabelled in the recent years. But white rice has actually been the main staple among the healthiest nations in the world such as in Japan. Studies show that people who eat rice are also less likely to be overweight. Even though white rice goes through more processing than brown rice, it apparently has more essential nutrients as it is enriched and fortified along the process. While on the other hand, brown rice also has its own disadvantage in that its phytic acid property found in its bran layer is in fact an anti-nutrient causing the elimination of minerals like zinc and iron. And compared to white rice, brown rice has more arsenic than white rice. White rice it is!
3. Coffee Glee
Your daily cup of coffee is indeed a life source. For one, it makes you lively throughout the day. Then you got to catch this; coffee has Flavonoids (or also known as bioflavonoids) which are known to help perk up your heart’s condition and diminish the aging processes (bonus, we all need a little help in that department!). Plus, it’s worth noting that our cup of coffee is a buster for type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease! Athletes also gain heightened performance from a fair amount of caffeine being used as a natural fat burner, as well as regular folks gain more health benefits from coffee rather than harm. It is still recommended though that you go for organic and shade-grown coffee when possible. Also, stick to only 1 or 2 coffees per day.
4. Eggsellent Standing
5. The Canadian Bacon Exception
The usual and regular bacon is a killer but not the Canadian bacon! Not like the regular bacon which is full of saturated fat and sodium, the Canadian bacon has fewer calories and fat and more protein. The difference is a whopping 200% in calories and fat content between the regular and the Canadian bacon. Canadian bacon also contains iron, zinc and B vitamins plus the ‘good-for-the-heart’ monounsaturated fats. For a truly healthy approach, go for the natural uncured selection. Cured ones usually contain nitrates that are carcinogenic.
6. The Bright Side of Dark Chocolate
You are hereby given the license to guiltlessly eat chocolate. Why? Because chocolate, especially the dark chocolate, and the kind that has higher cocao content, has been earned a two thumbs up rating for its health benefits. Dark chocolate diminishes bad ‘LDL’ cholesterol, minimizes blood clots and gives an extra edge for cognitive performance for older people. According to a study in 2008 at the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the health of overweight people’s blood vessels and their blood pressure has lowered for those who ate dark chocolate. To ensure a healthy chocolate intake, go for dark chocolates and those with at least 60% cacao content to guarantee more antioxidants and less sugar. Nevertheless, be reminded to not overeat chocolate to avoid undesired weight gain.
7. FitAddict Favorite, Peanut Butter
We love peanut butter at FitAddict and you can eat it guilt free. See our Honey Peanut Butter Cookies here.
8. Bravo Avocado
This fat fruit is shunned by many due to its high concentration of fat. But it also is a rich source of at least 20 essential vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, fiber and potassium. Avocado is also your heart’s friend for its monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin. Avocado also has properties that help protect your eyes from age-related degeneration. The best way to eat avocados would be along side with salsa or salad that boosts the absorption of fat-soluble phytonutrients.
9. Don’t Beep Beef Away
Relief for beef lovers and meat eaters alike! You don’t have to forgo beef from your diet. A moderate portion of beef is actually a health advantage and a weight loss helper for you. Available in the markets now are leaner beef with 10g total fat and lesser than 5g of saturated fat in a 3 ½-oz serving. More amazing now is the availability of hormone free and antibiotics-free beef and even grass-fed and organic selections. Beef could be your source of at least 10 essential vitamins and minerals such as B-vitamins, iron, zinc and protein.
10. Alcohol Under Control
Pregnant women, alcoholics and people with liver problems, this is not for you. But if you are the regular kind of lady, here are pointers for you. 1 drink per day for you madam and 2 drinks per day for you sir is healthy! The list of benefits you’ll get from a moderate intake of alcohol is impressive. One, a lowering of heart attack risk and heart disease; two, decreased possibilities for type 2 diabetes and certain cancers; three, increased mental sharpness and lessened potential for mental diseases and lastly, the rich antioxidants content of red wine and dark beers. So let me leave a reminder, “A shot a day will keep the doctor away. But a gallon a day will drive everyone away!”
Take our advice and don’t just believe what you hear or what is advertised as being unhealthy. Do you own research but most importantly, think for yourself and what you believe. We hope these foods helps you think twice about that.