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Most people are worried in one way or another about their health. Indeed, in the last 5 years, there have been millions of people across the USA and European countries reporting switches to Vegan, Keto, and even gluten-free diets, all to reduce cholesterol and feel fitter.
However, in this mass of health-based diets, many people have unfairly judged food groups to be the unhealthiest and most damaging – mainly carbohydrates. However, there are many foods out there that are good for you, but you may think are not, and in this list, 5 of the most demonized ones will be brought to light.
Chocolate. The word itself provokes images of large chocolate bars being gorged on by young kids. However, you may be surprised to learn that, in small, daily quantities, chocolate (especially dark chocolate) can be extremely good for you. So, you better get around to ordering a chocolate subscription.
Dark chocolate has been found in studies to promote better blood vessel health, help with mood, and to lower blood pressure, due to it releasing endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin, all of which have been linked to feeling calmer.
It is tasty when it’s on pizza, in a sandwich, or sprinkled over pasta. It’s cheese. While it gets an unfair rep as it is so calorie-rich, dieticians state that cheese (even vegan cheese) is high in protein and is a great way to boost phosphorus levels as well as bone health. It’s also a great addition to a diet that is looking to promote better gut health, as cheese contains gut-friendly probiotics, which have been liked to people feeling physically energized and having better overall mental health too. Just be sure that the cheeses you are eating are not overly processed.
The king of carbs, the potato, also has a bad name due to its link to chips and deep-fat fryers. However, unbeknown to many, potatoes are incredibly rich in potassium, making them ideal for a post-workout meal, when your muscles are likely to be feeling tense and tired. They also help with digestion and, as they are heavy in starch, they reduce your appetite, allowing you to feel fuller quicker. To cook the healthiest type of potato, bake it and add minimal butter and salt.
Bread is not a bad carb. It’s a misunderstood one. Wholegrain bread is full of appetite-satiating proteins, and contains fiber and the much-needed Vitamin B group, making it ideal for those who are looking for an easy and fast way to feel full. Just be sure to check that there is whole grain on the label when buying the bread.
Too many eggs can be a bad thing, but so can too much water. Eggs yolks are high in many vitamins, such as Vitamin A, B, and E, and contain iron and zinc. While some exercise and health enthusiasts will tell you to do away with the egg whites, they are high in protein too. So, be sure not to leave them out of that omelette.