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Take These Foods Off the Naughty List

By Sara Butler

If you're looking to give your diet a facelift and make some healthy changes to your diet, then it's important to know which foods are good and which aren't. The problem is that foods that were once considered off limits have been taken off the naughty list -- but many people haven't gotten the memo.

There are foods with a bad reputation that don't deserve it at all. These foods should be a part of a balanced and healthy diet when you're trying to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Here are a few foods you should bring back into your nutritional fold.

Avocados

Avocados got a bad reputation because of their calorie and fat counts. While it may be true that avocados are high in fat and calories, that's not necessarily a bad thing. You can certainly enjoy them as a part of a healthy diet, just don't go crazy and eat avocados all day long.

Bread

Carbohydrates are bad, right? Not as a rule. In fact, your body needs carbohydrates to function optimally. It's the kind of carbohydrates you have that matter.

Choose bread that is whole grain and high in fiber. This will help to give you energy for the day as well as help you maintain a healthy digestive system. Make sure to read the ingredient list of any bread you buy and look for whole grains or whole wheat in the first few ingredients.

Full-Fat Dairy

Remember the low-fat/non-fat trend? Well, that ship has sailed. Fat had a bad reputation for a long time in the dietary world, but it's now understood that full fat in certain foods is much better for you than their low-fat or non-fat counterparts -- and dairy is one of them.

Full-fat dairy can help you feel full and stay that way for longer, helping to reduce the overall calories you eat per day. Plus, dairy is full of calcium for your bones, protein for your muscles, and probiotics for a healthy gut. So, don't shy away from full-fat dairy, just keep an eye on added sugars!

Potatoes

Potatoes, especially white potatoes, received some really negative attention that they didn't deserve. Potatoes are incredibly healthy for you. One medium potato provides your body with half of the Vitamin C it needs per day and it has more potassium than a banana. This is with the skin on, of course.

Take a new look at foods you may have written off in the past!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in South Jordan, Utah.

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