We are quite much familiar with foods that are healthy or unhealthy, but now the situation has been reversed. Potatoes, fat spreads and eggs are not as bad as you think and might actually be healthy, new research has found. Here are a few foods that are not as unhealthy as presumed,
Eggs were long-believed to be bad for your heart. A large egg contains 185mg of dietary cholesterol, which was believed to contribute to high blood cholesterol levels. But for the last 20 years, research has shown a normal intake of dietary cholesterol has very little influence on a person’s blood cholesterol levels.
As long as “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil” is not listed as an ingredient, then these spreads are safe to eat. They enable to avoid dietary saturated fat and reduced the risk of coronary heart disease.
Potatoes are one of the few vegetables considered to be unhealthy because of their high glycemic index and are often associated with food made from refined carbohydrates and therefore to avoid.
But potatoes are a rich source of carbohydrates, vitamin C, some B vitamins and trace minerals. The preparing and cooking of potatoes can also influence the aspects of the starches for the better.
While dairy products contain high protein and calcium, which the body needs, they need to be chosen with care as some products contain high amounts of saturated fat per portion.
But although it is best to avoid a diet high in saturated fat, it is not a bad thing to regularly consume dairy products as long as this is part of reasonable calorie and fat intakes.
Raw nuts and butters
Some suggest nuts should be avoided by anyone trying to lose weight because they are high in fat and calories.
But research evidence show raw nuts are key to a healthy diet and while maintaining body weight, they also help to reduce death from heart disease and cardiac arrest.
Raw nuts contain protein, healthy fats, which are low in saturated fat, dietary fiber and micronutrients.