When reading articles or discussions on weight loss you’d often see some foods mentioned along the lines of ‘don’t eat these’. But if often times when you begin eliminating foods just because or according to a new fad, well, it doesn’t leave you with much choice. Here are some foods that got bad reputation because they aren’t considered weight loss-friendly but in reality are just foods that can give you so much in terms of nutrition.
‘Bad’ Healthy Foods You Can Eat
Eggs are a healthful food that pack 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fats. But its high cholesterol content gets everybody talking when in reality you can eat eggs just like other foods, in moderation. If you have high cholesterol you should consult with your doctor on the number of eggs you can eat per week. If you only eat egg whites you’re denying yourself healthy fats, vitamins, and half the protein.
Bananas are high in sugar and carbs so they are not ideal for low-carb dieters. However, bananas are amazing when it comes to curbing appetite, sweeten your food, or giving you a boost of energy. Bananas are high in potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure and helps our heart contract (pumping blood). Bananas may also prevent muscle cramps and work as prebiotic thanks to resistant starch contained in them (when they’re green). This type of starch is resistant to digestion producing a by-product called butyrate, which is said to improve insulin sensitivity, metabolism, and digestion.
Potatoes, their white variety, has long become an enemy of weight loss. When you think of fries and chips maybe, but white potatoes just like the more popular sweet potatoes pack lots of minerals and vitamins that can help lower blood pressure, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, and provide with fiber many people tend to lack in their diets. When cooking potatoes some vitamins and minerals are lost so it’s best to bake potatoes in their skin to preserve more protein and skip on fatty additives like butter, cheese, and bacon to make the dish more heart-healthy. Also sweet potato fries are just as bad for you as white potato ones.
Coffee is villified because of its caffeine content but let’s be honest the drink is simply abused and often loaded with sugar, which only adds to the problem of weight loss and health in general. Research has shown that moderate consumption of coffee can help reduce the risk of Parkinson’s, diabetes, even cardiovascular disease and it’s also rich in vitamins and antioxidants. This is all besides the energy-boosting, focus-sharpening qualities of coffee. People with high cortisol levels should are recommended to avoid it but if your cortisol is in check you may enjoy the benefits the drink has to offer.
It’s easy to blame just one food or group of foods for being ‘bad’, shunning them to only get back to them once they are super hot again. Think peanut butter and coconut oil that were considered ‘bad’ before and now became staples of healthy eating. We say, any food that was processed, chemically treated, and improperly cooked can be unhealthy while eating in moderation and checking labels and brand policies on food processing can enrich your diet immensely.