7 "bad" foods that are actually good for your health
Trying to divide foods into "good" and "bad" ones is not always a great idea. Some of the tastiest products are unjustly labeled as being unhealthy, and it can't go on like this! Let's find out what these foods are and restore their reputation.
Pizza is actually a perfect source of all important nutrients:
- the base gives you carbohydrates;
- the cheese provides you with fat;
- the meat is a perfect source of protein;
- add as many vegetables as you can – they will provide you with fiber for better digestion!
Don't forget that it's important to know when to stop: eating more than 2 slices a day may result not only in heaviness in your stomach, but also in unwanted weight gain.
The healthiest way to cook potatoes is to bake them: this way, they keep all the important nutrients, such as fiber, vitamin C, iron and potassium. Potatoes also contain resistant starch, which helps us maintain good gut health, as it provides fuel for beneficial bacteria.
#3 Peanut butter
Peanuts are good for your heart (learn more about how other nuts can help you get healthier) and can help your organism lower the cholesterol level. Just remember that all nuts are very high in calories, which means it's dangerous to eat more than 1-2 teaspoons of peanut butter a day.
#4 Ice cream
When you're craving ice cream, don't try to replace it with "healthier" options – just eat one portion, and it will definitely make you feel happier. Ice cream contains more fat than frozen yoghurt, but it only means it will keep you satisfied longer and reduce the chances of binge eating.
Dark chocolate is very high in antioxidants which help our body deal with stress and even lose extra weight. Choose bars that are at least 75% cocoa and eat about 1-2 ounces (30-60g) a day. When it becomes a habit, it will be easier for you to cut the consumption of other sugary foods.
Bananas are often considered one of the "worst" fruits in terms of healthy nutrition, but there is no need to avoid them. Bananas contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C and different B vitamins. Being highly convenient, they can become a perfect substitution for many popular snacks, such as energy bars or sweet yoghurts.
According to recent studies, it's safe to drink up to five medium cups of black coffee a day – and it may even improve your health. Moderate black coffee consumption has been linked to lower risks of diabetes, heart disease, cirrhosis and even some types of cancer.
Are any of your favorite products on the list? Do you try to avoid any of them? Did this information make you change your opinion on any of these foods?
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