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Superfoods: Seven foods you should be eating...

January 21, 2014

Seven foods you should be eating...

 

If you’re looking for smarter ways to eat, we have seven foods that you should NOT cross off your grocery list, despite unhealthy eating myths!

 

  1. Potatoes. Potatoes are high in nutrition including potassium and fiber. The way that Americans tend to prepare the vegetable – deep fried and/or loaded in salt - can make them very unhealthy for you, but if you roast them and top them with herbs, then they can be quite good for you. They can also increase brain function, help prevent cardiovascular disease, and provide a great source of vitamins and minerals that are great for your skin.

  2. Beef. Lean beef is a great source of protein, zinc, phosphorus, B-Complex vitamins, and iron. And a lean, 3-ounce serving of been makes up less than 10% of a daily 2,000 calorie diet. Calorie for calorie, beef has more protein than practically any other food, which is great since most Americans have an iron deficiency.

  3. Eggs. You’ve heard that you should only eat egg whites and not the entire egg. But the truth is that the yolk of the egg contains cholesterol that is good for you. This cholesterol is called “dietary cholesterol,” which is better than the kind of cholesterol that is linked to an increased risk of heart attack and strokes. Eating eggs can also help with neurological function and reduced inflammation.

  4. Canned veggies. Canned vegetables tend to have a bad reputation they are not considered to be as healthy as their fresh versions, but the truth is that they can be just as healthy, if not healthier, as fresh veggies. Canned vegetables are typically processed and canned when their nutritional content is at its highest, keeping all the vitamins stored inside the can for you. What’s more, canned veggies have a long shelf life and are usually quite inexpensive.

  5. Pizza. Perhaps the biggest surprise on this list, pizza can actually be quite good for you, depending on how you top it. The sauce can be very nutritious for you, as it often includes vitamin-rich garlic, olive oil filled with good cholesterol, and basil and oregano, which are high in fiber and Vitamin K. If you select smart toppings like low-fat cheese and green veggies, there’s no reason you should cut out this American favorite from your diet.

  6. Coconut oil. Coconut oil is an incredible product with what seems like a never-ending list of uses. While in the past coconut oil was written off an a terrible article clogger, it is now known coconut oil contains no cholesterol or trans-fats. Coconut oil can be used to give your hair a better shine, moisturize skin or remove makeup, clean leather shoes, combat canker sores, serve as a homemade toothpaste when combined with baking soda, add a bit of sweetness to drinks, and more.

  7. Bananas. Bananas are a superfruit that can give you a healthy dose of fiber, manganese, Vitamin C, potassium, and Vitamin B-6 all for around 100 calories. Bananas are a healthy carbohydrate and are a great choice when refueling after a workout or grabbing a mid-morning snack to combat cravings.

 

Overall, it’s difficult to understand what foods the media is pushing as healthy or unhealthy, but a diet of lean meats, fruits, and vegetables is always on par with a healthy diet!

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