10 foods you thought hurt you (and turns out they don’t)

by Marta Burgués

Nutritionist and writer Sarah Flower revealed some months ago the truth about some foods that were thought harmful to health, and vindicated them in the eyes of everyone so that we can include them in our diets.

So, contrary to what we have believed for a long time and because of the bad press they received, coffee, eggs, coconut oil and whole milk, among others, may be beneficial to health.

For example, whole milk is beneficial to your health and contains more nutrients than semi skimmed or skimmed milk; eggs are an essential food in the breakfast of those who want to lose weight; homemade popcorn are an inexpensive snack and low in calories for everyone; potatoes contain vitamin C, B6, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc; and drinking coffee in moderation can improve brain health, help you lose weight and improve performance.

According to Dr. Flower, “For years we have been told that fat is bad for us, eggs are unhealthy and instead they suggested to us a diet high in refined and processed foods. It’s time to rest and start enjoying authentic food – eggs, whole milk, butter, cheese, peanut butter… All of them are good if you follow the simple rule: eat them in their pure state”.

“It’s not the food that makes us sick, are all the refinements. So we must change our way of thinking, ignore the low fat content and the amount of calories and opt for a diet rich in whole grains and real food”.

Following the recommendations of the nutritionist, we present the 10 foods that, contrary to what you think, are good for your health:

  1. Coffee: Coffee consumption in excess can disrupt the nervous system, produce gases and have a laxative effect. But consumed in moderation has shown to improve brain health, helps you lose weight, lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  2. Potatoes: This starchy food converts into glucose and can raise blood sugar. But it is also rich in nutrients: A medium potato can provide 50% of the daily requirement of vitamin C, 30% of B6 and 25% of the requirements of potassium. It also has potassium, magnesium, vitamin B and zinc.
  3. Eggs: Eggs have been avoided because of the risk of contracting salmonella and their high fat content. But fats high in protein are beneficial and allow you to feel full for longer, making them ideal for those looking to lose weight.
  4. Peanut butter: Many avoid eating peanut butter because it contains fat. Peanuts are rich in protein, magnesium, vitamin E, antioxidants, potassium, fiber.
  5. Canned beans: The liquid in which beans are preserved may have high amounts of sodium, so you must read labels carefully. However, they are a rich source of protein and fiber.
  6. Popcorn: processed microwave popcorn can be full of processed sugars, but homemade popcorn is delicious and low in calories.
  7. Whole milk: Many associate whole milk with fats harmful to health. Whole milk contains more nutrients that skimmed or semi skimmed milk, and produces satiety.
  8. Yogurt: Many stop consuming yogurt for the amount of sugar that manufacturers add to them. Low-fat yogurt, plain yogurt and Greek yogurt are excellent options rich in probiotics.
  9. Salt: We all should avoid eating too much salt, many of us consume it in processed foods. Home cooking reduces salt intake, and if replaced by Himalayan Crystal Salt, you can enjoy the benefits of its 84 minerals.
  10. Coconut Oil: Many avoid consuming coconut oil because it is a saturated fat. Few know that it stimulates the immune system and contributes to weight loss.

And remember: a glass of wine a day, keeps doctor away.

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Finca Valpiedra Reserva 2009: a red wine from the Rioja DO with the best bunches of 2009 tempranillo and graciano.

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Marqués de Murrieta Reserva Magnum 2010: a red wine from the Rioja DO which blend contains carignan and cannonau of 2010 and 14º of alcohol.

* Image: Zach Inglis (flickr)

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