5 Surprisingly Healthy Foods

5 Surprisingly Healthy Foods

Some food gets a bad rap. Over the years, with fad diets, pseudo-science, biased information from non-experts and new trends, it’s easy to get really confused as to which foods are healthy for you. So – in an effort to help keep you better informed, let’s take a look at the top five foods that have been misrepresented as being unhealthy, but are in fact very healthy choices.

1. Fat

Over the years, people started to believe that eating fat makes a person fat. The latest science is telling is that this is not true. Fat is necessary for the body to function properly. It fuels muscle growth, brain functioning and cell functioning.

But – it is important to select the correct types of fat. Fats that are highly processed or have a higher ratio of Omega-6’s to Omega-3’s should be avoided at all cost. This includes canola oil, trans-fats, vegetable oils, and seed oils such as soybean oil. Recommended fats include: cold water fatty fish oil, coconut oil, butterfat, palm oil, and even lard.

2. Potatoes

White potatoes have really taken a hit – haven’t they? First – most people won’t eat them unless they are smeared in cheese, sour cream and bacon or unless they’ve been deep fried and mashed in ketchup.

But the reality is that the potato is loaded with all kinds of good nutrition. One medium potato contains 4.7 grams of fiber, 4.3 grams of protein, and contains 22% of your daily dose of Vitamin C, 12% of your magnesium, 30% of your Vitamin B6 and 25% of your potassium needs. In moderation and if eaten with complex carbs, such as green vegetables, potatoes are a great choice.

3. Eggs

Once thought to contribute to heart disease due to a high cholesterol level, scientists have found that the natural cholesterol in eggs doesn’t affect a person’s cholesterol level. In fact, there is a reverse effect – eating eggs can actually cause positive changes in a blood cholesterol profile. Plus – eggs are chock full of healthy proteins, choline and lutein, which means eggs are an excellent dietary choice.

It’s important to find eggs from a local farmer, if at all possible. You want eggs from chickens that are allowed access to sunlight and eat bugs and worms from the ground, because this increases their nutrient level.

4. Carbohydrates

Carbs have truly gotten a bad rap. But in defense of those who think carbs are bad, most people think of carbohydrates as being synonymous with donuts, white bread, white pastas, and pastries. If that’s your version of carbohydrates, then it is bad. Absolutely!

However, our body does require a minimal level of natural carbohydrates in order to work at optimal functioning. Necessary carbohydrates include minimally processed whole grains, fresh fruits, legumes, and vegetables. Like anything else, portion moderation is important.

5. Beef

Beef contains saturated fat, which had long been thought to clog the arteries and contribute to heart disease. However, the saturated fat in beef is a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid – the same type of heart-healthy fat found in olive oil.

Science also now shows that naturally raised grass-fed beef, which also contains healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, actually supports heart health. In addition, beef contains amino acids, B-Vitamins, zinc, iron and even protein – all of which are necessary for proper body functioning.