You can eat these 9 “bad” foods and still stay healthy.

Have you ever been told that you shouldn’t eat a certain food because it’s bad for your health? Chances are, at some point in your life, you were advised against eating foods like eggs, bacon, butter, and salt. In fact, some of these foods may even be healthy! Here are 9 “bad” foods you can (and should) eat guilt-free:

Eggs:

For years, eggs got a bad rap because of their high cholesterol content. However, recent studies have shown that dietary cholesterol has a much less effect on blood cholesterol than previously thought. In fact, eggs are packed with nutrients like protein, vitamin D, and cholesterol, all of which are essential for good health. So do not hesitate to eat an egg or two for breakfast!

Potatoes :

Potatoes get a bad rap because they’re often fried or loaded with toppings like butter, sour cream, and cheese. Yet potatoes are actually very nutritious. They are a good source of potassium and vitamin C and can be incorporated into a healthy diet. Just be sure to choose healthier preparation methods. Like roasting or steaming rather than frying. Limit the amount of high-fat toppings you use.

Whole milk:

Whole milk has long been considered unhealthy because it is high in saturated fat. However, new research suggests that whole milk may actually be healthier than skim milk. As a result, whole milk contains more vitamins A and D, two important vitamins for bone health. So if you must drink milk, make sure it’s whole milk!

Bacon:

Like eggs, bacon has also been demonized for its high cholesterol and saturated fat content. But then again, studies have shown that the saturated fats in bacon have little to no effect on our blood cholesterol levels. Also, bacon is considered a real source of selenium. An important mineral for the proper functioning of the thyroid. As it contains vitamin B 12 and protein.

Butter :

Butter has long been considered a food enemy due to its high saturated fat content. However, recent studies have revealed that the saturated fats in butter are not as harmful as previously thought. In fact, butter is a good source of vitamins A and E, two important vitamins for healthy skin and eyesight. So enjoy your toast with a little butter, your body will thank you!

Refined carbohydrates:

Refined carbs have gotten a bad rap in recent years because they’re thought to be responsible for weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. However, not all refined carbs are created equal.

White bread, white rice and pastries made with white flour are considered ‘bad’ since they are stripped of their fiber, vitamins and minerals during the refining process. On the other hand, brown rice, wholemeal bread, and pastries made with wholemeal flour still contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and are just as good! So when it comes to refined carbs, go for brown stuff!

Red meat :

Red meat has earned a bad reputation through many diets that eliminate it for its high saturated fat and cholesterol content. However, not all red meats are the same. Grass-fed beef is actually lower in saturated fat than grain-fed beef. As it is higher in omega-3 fatty acids (which are beneficial for heart health). So if you must eat red meat, avoid the supermarket shelves and favor the direct sale offered by the farms.

Salt :

Salt has a bad reputation because too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure. However, all the salts should not be confused. Refined table salt is high in sodium, but unrefined sea salt is actually low in sodium. Additionally, unrefined sea salt contains minerals like magnesium and calcium, two essential minerals for bone health. So ditch the refined salt and opt for unrefined sea salt instead!

Caffeine:

Caffeine has always been considered addictive and unhealthy. Indeed, recent studies have proven that moderate amounts of caffeine can be beneficial to health. In fact, caffeine may improve cognitive performance, increase alertness, and even protect against memory decline. So don’t be afraid to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. Chances are it will do you more good than harm!

Conclusion :

As you can see from this list, “bad” foods are not necessarily bad for your health! That doesn’t mean you have to binge and only eat double bacon cheeseburgers every day. (Moderation is the key). But that means there’s no need to feel guilty for enjoying these ‘bad’ foods on occasion!

* Presse Santé strives to transmit health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE, the information given can not replace the advice of a health professional.

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