Every day studies are released listing the foods that are good for you and that aren’t. It seems there is always a controversy about whether one cup of coffee versus 3 or 4 is ok, or whether a glass of red wine helps prevent one illness over another or if it is a cause to cancer. Whatever the case may be, know that these five foods are in fact good for you and you SHOULD be eating them – even if in small portions.
The first is potatoes. Although a starchy vegetable, they are still a vegetable which means you should be eating them. However, it is because of the high starch that makes them high in carbohydrates which is something you don’t want to eat too much of. Obviously you’ll not be pairing potatoes with things like rice or pasta, but be sure your portions are low to avoid feeling bloated and too full. Typically, people are eating potatoes in a very unhealthy manner whether in the form of chips or French fries. STOP THAT!
The health factor in potatoes all lie within how you prepare them. Potatoes are high in Vitamin B, Iron, Vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium and various antioxidants and proteins so baking and/or roasting them, boiling or even grilling are your best options.
Second is Ghee. Ghee is a “clarified butter” and is extracted when heating butter. It is the “liquid residue” which is taken from the separated cream. When studies were released indicating that butter and cooking with fats was bad for us, we elected to cook with variants consisting of made-up materials or alternative ingredients. However, Ghee is slated as having “incredible health benefits” because it is “rich in Butyric acid” which aids in strengthening the immune system and also aids in anti-inflammatory factors and antioxidants. Additionally, it is better for cooking with than many oils as it burns better at higher heats than other oils such as vegetable or canola. Additionally, Ghee is tasteful in that it tastes like butter but lacks the dairy aspect of it making it a great alternative for lactose intolerant individuals. It is also a great source of Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and fatty acids.
Third is peanut butter (our favorite). Although high in sugar and fat, peanut butter is actually rather good for your health – when eaten in a sugar free version. Peanut butter is high in protein and great when paired with things like fruits, vegetables or even on toast. Peanuts, by themselves, are good sources of “folate, niacin, Vitamin E and manganese.” They are also good at helping fight disease like heart disease, reducing your risk of colon cancer and warding off Alzheimer’s Disease on top of fighting against Type II Diabetes and developing gallstones.
Fourth is Chocolate. Each chocolate for the sake of being a superhero. Ok, well, not really, but you’ll see the gist. Chocolate, in its purest form, is actually nutritionally good for your body as it is full of antioxidants. Nutritionists state “the darker the chocolate the better and this often correlates with lower sugar content.” Some studies have shown that eating healthy chocolate may lower cholesterol, aid in “less cognitive decline,” lower chances of heart disease. Although dark chocolate may be good for you, it is only good in moderation. So snack wisely.
Lastly, is honey. The downside to eating honey is determining how pure it really is versus how processed it has become. Many brand name, store bought honeys are processed – meaning ingredients like sugar have been added to them for flavor and richness. However, true, raw honey has many health benefits such as it is full of antioxidants and antibacterial purities and can reduce inflamed areas. Eating raw honey in small amounts aids you in warding off infections and illness by boosting your immune system. It also helps in fighting off allergies and hay fever.
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