Healthy Foods That Commonly Get a Bad Rap

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It seems that every few years, certain foods are either “in” or “out,” and it can be difficult for even the most educated individual to keep up with what’s actually healthy. So here’s our primer for you: foods that may get a bad rap, but are actually good for you (and always have been).

Egg yolks: Although high in cholesterol, the yolk of the egg has so many nutrients in such a dense quantity (including B12, vitamin D, riboflavin, folate, and copious amounts of protein) that it can actually lower the risk of heart disease. You don’t have to live on egg whites. Eggs enriched with Omega-3 healthy fats can be an even better choice.

Potatoes: These potassium, vitamin C, and fiber-laden roots are incredibly good for you. In their natural state, anyway. However, when fried or processed into chips, they lose most of that, and these preparations have earned the potato a bad reputation for being unhealthy. It’s not: it’s all in the way you cook it.

Soy: Researchers go back and forth on whether or not soy causes cancer or messes with the body’s hormones. However, soy is rich in antioxidants, and most believe that this can help to prevent and protect you against cancer, especially breast and prostate.

Nuts: Yes, they’re high in calories and high in fat. However, it is a good type of fat, and the caloric density means a handful can make you feel fuller for longer. Some nuts such a walnuts are rich in heart and brain healthy omega-3’s.

Bananas: The no-carb craze put bananas on the “do not eat” list for many; however, they’re rich in potassium and a fiber that has been linked to burning fat post-meal. They’re also a fantastic replacement for sports drinks before or after a workout, giving your muscles the nutrients necessary to recover quickly.

Coffee: Similar to the issues with potatoes, coffee often receives a bad rap because people drink more sugar or milk with their coffee than they do actual coffee. In addition to this, too much of this popular caffeinated beverage can hurt your stomach and mess with your sleep cycles. However, studies have found that two to four cups a day (8 ounces each) can reduce your risk of liver cancer, diabetes, and even age-related dementia. Just skip the cream and sugar.

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