Don't Cut Out These Foods
By Sara Butler
There are some foods that people cut out when they're trying to eat a healthier diet. Of course, cutting out cakes, candy, and cookies is a no-brainer, but there are a few foods people cut out when they really shouldn't. Many foods that have a reputation as a "bad" food also happen to have many nutrition and health benefits. Here are a few foods you may feel as if you should cut out but really shouldn't!
Potatoes are little powerhouses of nutrition, but they have a bad reputation because they're so often served in not-so-healthy ways, such as deep-fried. But one medium baked potato is only 110 calories. Plus, it's full of potassium, Vitamin C, fiber, protein, and complex carbohydrates.
You may have an aversion to carbohydrates but it's important to note that your brain uses carbohydrates as its main source of energy. What you shouldn't cut out of your diet is carbohydrates, but instead choose carbs that are prepared in healthy ways.
Another food that has a bad reputation with no real facts to support it is the humble egg. Many years ago, eggs were seen as high in cholesterol. It was thought that if you ate too many that it would be bad for your heart, but it's not understood that the information that used to be believed about eggs is untrue.
Eggs are a great source of protein. They also have 13 essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy but only 70 calories. Don't be tempted to throw out the yolk either, because that's where you'll find almost half of the protein of the egg as well as Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, lutein, and zeaxanthin. The fat that is in the egg yolk is mostly unsaturated and helps your body to soak up the vitamins contained within it.
Unless you're a resident of a beautiful tropical island where you can go out into your backyard and pick out fresh fruit, you're going to need to incorporate canned fruit into a healthy diet at some point. Don't shy away from canned fruit because it still has all the same nutrients as regular fruit. If you're worried about the sugar, then simply buy the no sugar added variety at the store or opt for fruit that is packed in water or its own juices.
Most foods can be a part of a healthy diet. Educate yourself about a food before you cut it out in the name of health.
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