Some of the foods you’ve been staying away from due to health concerns or myths are actually good for you. Check which of the items below you have been trying to dodge for years now and consider welcoming them back into your life.
- Canned vegetables
Not all processed or canned foods are bad for you. Such is the case with vegetables. According to many experts, the nutritive content of fresh, frozen and canned vegetables basically remains the same. So how about all of the added sodium? Opt for low-sodium varieties or make sure you rinse canned vegetables in a colander very well.
For so many years, eggs have been blamed for matter such as high cholesterol, hypertension and heart disease. Today’s researches reveal otherwise as the experts have found out that an egg a day did not raise bad cholesterol levels.
- Red Meat
See to it that you opt for lean cuts such as top sirloin, bottom round, flank steak and tenderloin to worry less about those saturated fats and benefit from protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids red meat is packed with.
- Dried fruits
It’s true that some brands of dried fruits are laden with sugar. When shopping, check the label to ensure that the product doesn’t contain anything bad for the health. Dried fruits are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
Low-carb diets are ineffective and unhealthy so there’s no reason for you to shy away from potatoes. Roast or bake them because boiling causes some of the nutrients to leach into the water. Make sure that you mind portion size and add-ons.
Just like potatoes, bananas are frowned upon by some due to their high carbohydrate content. You’ll be glad to know that bananas have low glycemic load which means it won’t cause a spike in sugar level and make you feel famished. Low in sodium and fat, bananas are packed with fiber, potassium, folic acid and vitamin A.
- Cow’s Milk
No other milk replacement can beat cow’s milk when it comes to protein content. A cup of fresh cow’s milk has 8 grams of protein while milk from coconut, rice, oats and others has only 1 gram of protein per cup.
According to the experts, drinking beer daily helps lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Do take note, however, that beer is beneficial only when taken in moderation — 1 drink for women a day and up to 2 drinks for men a day.
- Peanut butter
If you think that peanut butter is high in fat, you’re correct. However, as much as 80% of that fat is provided by monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils, both of which are healthy. When shopping for peanut butter, opt for something that’s made of nothing but ground peanuts to ensure you’re not getting loads of sugar, sodium and trans fat.
Don’t raise an eyebrow now but pizza can be actually good for you — particularly if you make it at home. No other pizza on the planet can be as healthy and mouthwatering as something made of whole wheat crust with a bit of sauce and a generous serving of sliced mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, and your favorite herbs, and some grated low-fat mozzarella cheese.