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Surprisingly Healthy Foods

By Randi Morse

One of the more frustrating things about today's easy access to technology is that fake information spreads like wildfire. This is especially true when it comes to health fads. We have been told, for example, that carbohydrates are bad for us. The truth is that our bodies need carbohydrates in order to be able to function properly. Here we'll break down some foods that you may have been told were bad but are surprisingly good for you.

Eggs

For a very long time we've been told that we should limit our intake of eggs because they're high in cholesterol. The truth is that eating eggs does not make someone's cholesterol worse. While it is true that some commercially produced eggs may have traces of hormones or pesticides, cage-free eggs are a great source of protein. And don't be tricked into thinking you can't eat the yolk. The yolk is one of the most nutritious parts and includes nutrients like lutein and healthy omega-3 fats.

Potatoes

If I want comfort food, one of the first things I reach for is mashed potatoes. Potatoes have become known as the ultimate comfort food because the things we can make from them, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, french fries, are all considered to be fairly unhealthy. It's the ingredients we put in the potatoes that makes them lose nutritional value. A plain baked potato is an amazing source of Vitamin B6, potassium, and fiber.

Chocolate

Of course chocolate is bad for you, right? Actually, that's not entirely correct. Products like milk chocolate or white chocolate aren't necessarily healthy, but if you're eating chocolate that is 70 percent cocoa, chocolate can be considered a healthy food! Chocolate is rich with antioxidants and fiber and has even been proven to lower your cholesterol.

Frozen Vegetables

We've been led to believe that frozen vegetables aren't as healthy for us as their fresh counterparts. Actually, frozen veggies can have more nutritional value simply because they're picked at peak ripeness and if they're frozen correctly, which most commercially available frozen vegetables are, they retain their nutrients, making frozen vegetables even more healthy than fresh ones.

Coffee

What would we do without that first cup of coffee in the morning to wake us up? While some coffee isn't very nutritious, I'm talking about those extremely expensive, fancy, very sugary drinks you're likely to get at a large name brand coffee shop. Regular coffee can actually be beneficial for your health. Just make sure you don't drown it in tons of cream and sugar.

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