Are These Foods Good Or Bad?

Nutrition can be confusing due to all the mixed messages we get.  A lot of people have been scared off perfectly healthy foods because they heard somewhere that they were bad for them.  I want to talk about some foods that are perfectly healthy that a lot of people avoid because of misinformation.   Let’s see if these foods are good or bad.

Healthy Foods That You Heard Were Bad For You

Does peanut butter makes you fat?

No! Peanut Butter is high in fat but that doesn’t mean it’s
fattening.  It’s high in healthy fat and also provides protein and folate.  However, peanut butter is a concentrated source of calories, so you don’t want to go overboard.  A tablespoon (90 calories) or two of peanut butter is all you really need to feel satisfied.

Do eggs increase your cholesterol?

No!  Studies have shown that the dietary cholesterol in eggs does not substantially increase our blood cholesterol level.   Eggs are a great source of protein and the yolks are packed with vitamins.  Eating up to one egg a day does not have any ill effect on healthy individuals.  For people who have trouble controlling their LDL levels may want to avoid egg yolks.

Is beef bad for your heart?

No! Beef is a great source of protein and iron.  There are many lean cuts of steaks: filet mignon, sirloin, strip steak, flank steak.  Pick steaks that are deep red with a relatively small
amount of marbling to find lean cuts.

Is chocolate bad for you?

No!  Just make sure you go dark.  Dark chocolate contains flavanols and antioxidants.  Researchers in Switzerland found that eating a small serving of dark chocolate (1.4 ounces) every day for two weeks reduced stress hormones, including cortisol, in highly stressed

Is coffee bad? 

No!  Studies have shown that some compounds in coffee may actually reduce the risk of dementia, diabetes and even liver cancer.  Some people are more sensitive to the caffeine in coffee though, so if you notice that you’re really jittery or that you can’t fall asleep at night you may want to cut down and just have it in the morning.

Are nuts fattening?

No!  Nuts are full of fats—but they’re the good, heart-healthy unsaturated kinds. Nuts contain certain antioxidants that help keep eyes healthy, as well as vitamin E and omega-3 fats.  You do need to watch your portions though.  On average, you get around 160 to 200 calories per ounce so stick to a small handful and enjoy!

Enjoy Your Healthy Food!

You really can’t go wrong when you’re eating all natural foods in proper portion sizes.  If you have questions about a favourite food you think might be unhealthy, leave a comment below and I’ll help clear it up!