A few months ago, nutritionist and published author Sarah Flower revealed the truth regarding some foods that were thought as harmful to our health. However, she has redeemed them to show us that we can actually include these foods in our daily diets without any problems.
We have been taught that food like coffee, eggs, coconut oil and whole milk are bad for our health but reality tells us a different story. They can provide us with a lot of benefits. For instance, it is proven that whole milk is better for our health than skim milk, for example. Eggs, on the other hand, are an essential component for those who want to lose weight.
A very good low-cost snack with few calories that we can enjoy in all conscience at home is popcorn; another beneficial food is potatoes as they are full of vitamin C, B6, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc; plus coffee, in a moderate diet, can improve our brain activity and overall performance.
“For many years, we have been told that fat is bad for us, that eggs are not healthy and, instead, they have been suggesting us to submit ourselves to a diet based on processed food. It’s time to let that go and start enjoying real and authentic food – eggs, whole milk, cheese, butter, peanut butter… everything is good if we follow one simple rule: eat them in their pure state”, Flower says.
“It is not the food what makes us sick, is all the processing they go through. It’s time to change our way of thinking towards the food we eat and stop being paranoid about fat and calories. A cereal rich diet and real food are what we need.”
Following these nutritional recommendations, here are 10 foods you thought were bad for your health but really aren’t:
- Coffee: excessive coffee consumption can disrupt our nervous system, produce gasses and cause a laxative effect. However, consuming coffee in moderation, you can improve brain health, lose weight faster and lower the risk of Alzheimer.
- Potatoes: this vegetable is considered a starchy food, which is then converted into glucose that increases the sugar levels in our blood. It is also very rich in other nutrients: A medium potato can provide us 50% of our daily dose of vitamin C, 30% of B6 and 25% of potassium. It also contains magnesium, vitamin B, and zinc.
- Eggs: eggs have been avoided for the risk of salmonella, their high cholesterol, and fat. However, this kind of fat, high in protein, provides a sensation of satisfaction, satiety, for a longer time which helps those who are looking to lose weight.
- Peanut Butter: a lot of people avoid peanut butter for its contained fat as well, but peanuts are rich in protein, magnesium, vitamin E, antioxidants, potassium, and fiber.
- Canned beans: the liquid used to preserve the beans can have a high amount of sodium, so it’s better to read the labels first. However, they are a rich source of protein and fiber.
- Popcorn: we are talking about delicious low-calory, homemade popcorn. The one that you buy at the grocery store for the microwave can be full of processed sugars and you should avoid those.
- Whole milk: whole milk is generally associated with harmful fat, but it really has a higher amount of nutrients than skim or semi-skim milk. It also provides a satiety sensation.
- Yogurt: many people stop eating yogurt because of the amounts of sugar that are added by the companies. Low-fat yogurt, natural yogurt, and greek yogurt are excellent choices and rich in probiotics.
- Salt: you should avoid salt in large amounts. There is lots of it in processed food. Himalayan salt, on the other hand, is much better. You can start using it in your cooking and benefit from its 84 minerals.
- Coconut oil: since this oil has a high amount of saturated fat it is often avoided. But just a few know that it stimulates your immune system and helps lose weight.
As always, we also advise to drinking wine in moderation, live a healthy and active life and improve its quality!
Campo Viejo Tempranillo: a red wine of the Rioja DO made with tempranillo and with an alcohol proof of 13º.
Cune Crianza 2012: a red wine from Rioja DO with Garnacha Negra of 2012 and has an alcohol content of 13.5º