For this month’s Healthy Quirks I have 5 foods that undeservingly get a bad rap for being unhealthy but actually aren’t. As the saying goes, don’t believe everything you hear and only half of what you see. On our journey to greatness it’s important to keep a close eye on what we eat. Food is good but can get repetitive especially if you want to eat healthy. The truth of the matter is if we aren’t eating right, chances are we aren’t thinking right. But now we can add 5 foods back on the it’s A OK list to eat. However moderation is key. If we overeat or over do anything it can be harmful for us. So let’s keep that on the forefront of our minds as we add these foods back on our shopping list.
To kick off the list of the 5 foods that undeservingly get a bad rap for being unhealthy but actually aren’t, I introduce to you my 10 year old daughters favorite breakfast food.
Who doesn’t love bacon? and the impact it has on our taste buds. With a mixture of sweet, salty, sour and bitter, I think its save to say bacon is the candy of meats. It’s a surprisingly nutritious food that gets a bad rap and i could understand why. The first thing a health nut thinks when (s)he hears the word bacon is salt and saturated fat. Not to mention the added nitrites that have been linked to heart disease and cancer. But not all forms of bacon are bad for you.
Bacon is high in protein, also contains vitamin B12 which helps you metabolize fats and protein, while additionallly playing a role in brain function.
The key is to be selective when shopping for bacon that’s all. To monitor your saturated fat and calorie intake look for turkey bacon, Canadian bacon or center cut pork bacon. Which will have just about 25 to 30 calories and less than 1 gram of saturated fat per slice. Looking for bacon with no added nitrites? no worries just look out for brands like Wellshire Farms, Hormel’s Natural Choice or Applegate.
P.S. A good way to ensure you aren’t eating to much bacon is to use it as a ingredient in a side dish or in a salad:)
There’s rarely a woman who isn’t a fan of number 2 on our 5 healthy foods that get a bad rap list. But as we know chocolate isn’t always seen as the healthiest thing to eat, but it does have some health benefits. One things for sure it’s bursting with antioxidants and nutrients. Which will increase blood flow to the brain, improving smarts and memory. The fats in dark chocolate can trigger natural endorphins giving you a happiness lift.
Furthermore the University of California in San Diego conducted a study which found that adults who ate chocolate on a regular basis were actually thinner then those who ate chocolate less often. Hard to believe? dont take my word for it, go ahead and look it up yourself.
Butter is one of those foods that can turn a plain meal flavorful. But over time it has gotten a bad rap for causing many health conditions from obesity to heart disease. Me personally I don’t see any reason to leave butter behind on the shelf of your local shopping center and here is why:
Butter contains a lot of good fat vitamins such as vitamin A, E and K2. Now vitamins A and E are common which you’re most likely getting from meats and greens in your diet. But vitamin K2 is not as popular among ordinary foods. Other good sources of vitamin K2 include egg yolks, Goose liver and Natto. The benefits of vitamin K2 go beyond blood clotting, it positively impacts inflammation, prevents heart disease, makes your teeth stronger and helps the brain which is a huge benefit that stands out to me. Anything that can help me with the way my mind performs I try my hardest to practice or use. Vitamin K2 is not as popular as other vitamins but is a key nutrient in the diet for heart and bone health.
Getting back to butter, blaming modern health problems on early age foods does not make any sense to me. I mean just take a look at the countries where cows are generally grass fed, and you’ll see they have a completely different perspective on butter.
The next food on the list goes hand in hand with the last one. Did you know that popcorn is a great source of whole grain and fiber? even those bothersome shells that get caught in your teeth are actually high in antioxidants called polyphenols. So now you can enjoy your cinematic experience without any quilt or conviction. The key is to bring your own popcorn that is lightly seasoned with sea salt or a drizzle of unsalted butter. I’ll see you there 🙂
Okay so what type of milk do you have in your fridge right now? soy, coconut ,almond, skim. Because apparently the assumption is that full-fat dairy will lead to a full-fat midsection. Not entirely true, according to two new research studies. Recent studies suggest some positive,disease-preventing health benefits connected to whole milk. Individuals who drank whole milk packed full of the fat we’ve been told to avoid had lower incidence of heart disease.
We have come to the knowledge that some foods that are high in fat can be beneficial. Recent research has revealed that saturated fat may not be as bad as believed to be in the past. But please don’t start saturating yourself full of saturated fat lets be smart about this. Just because something isn’t bad for you doesn’t mean is good for you. Especially if over consumed. Overall fat isn’t a nutrient to be afraid of, we just need to understand what it does and how to balance it.
So now that we have the green light on these five foods, we can add them to next weeks grocery list. But please remember moderation is key. On our journey to greatness we aim for greatness by evolving in every area of our lives including health. Of course i know eating healthy isn’t always easy, but making the commitment to a healthy diet will be one of the wises decisions you’ll ever make. Trust me on this one, until next time.
P.S. Nothing is ever called welcome back without a journey. May we be a sight of GREATNESS when we return:)