We tend to think that anything that tastes good wouldn’t be good for us and anything that contains starch, carbohydrates or fat to boot would be an absolute no-no when it comes to eating healthy. But is this really true?
Here are six foods that taste absolutely delicious, contain fat and carbs which are actually good for you!
When consumed in moderation (like everything else!), peanut butter can undoubtedly give your health a boost. While it does contain fat, the fat in peanut butter is mostly unsaturated, so it is easier for the body to break it down. It can even help regulate cholesterol while also lowering the risks of high blood pressure and heart disease.
In other words, the fat in peanut butter is “good fat” and we all need a little bit of “good fat” to stay healthy!
Who would have thought that delicious chocolate could be considered healthy?
Multiple studies have indicated that having a little bit of dark chocolate with at least 70% of natural cocoa can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and can also help to reduce stress. In other words, it is not the chocolate itself that is unhealthy but the additives in it. So, if you avoid chocolates that are laden in sugar and saturated fats, eating chocolate can actually be good for you!
Dark chocolate is loaded with flavonoids that have the same beneficial compounds found in berries and green tea, and just like berries and green tea, dark chocolate is a great natural source of antioxidants.
Avocados have the unwarranted reputation of being oily and fatty. However, avocados are loaded with healthy nutrients and contain a healthy type of fats that can actually lower your cholesterol. Avocados are also known to contain lots of essential minerals and fibres that promote better digestion.
Potatoes tend to be associated with carbohydrates and weight gain. In reality, whether potatoes are healthy or not also depend on how you cook them. Try to bake, roast or steam rather than frying and adding extra ingredients. Sweet potatoes and purple potatoes are also great options for improving your diet.
Carbohydrates are essential, no matter what anyone says. Potatoes are the perfect source of carbohydrates because they are natural, high in fibre and have virtually no fat.
Just like potatoes, people tend to avoid bread as they have high carbohydrate content. Again, carbohydrates are important for multiple reasons, and it is not bread per se that is unhealthy. Rather, it is the type of bread that you consume.
Whole-grain bread contains seeds, grains and natural additives that have an abundance of minerals and vitamins. It is also high in fibre.
The key to eating healthier with bread is choosing the ones that don’t have refined additives and are as organic and healthy as possible.
Eggs may seem like an obvious choice because they are natural, can be cooked in multiple ways and contain healthy nutrients such as natural protein. The reason why eggs get a bad reputation is because of the way they are prepared. They are often fried, seasoned or served in meals that arent is generally healthy.
*Even though these foods may be considered healthy, make sure you’re eating them in their recommended portions and that you are getting a balanced diet of healthy nutrients. These foods may be healthy, but getting too many calories will be counter-effective. This article does is not a substitute for professional medical advice.