If you want to lose weight, you know that you need to start eating a diet full of healthy foods, and take care to cut out unhealthy ones. While you probably know which foods are really bad for you (diet soda, highly processed packaged foods, etc.), you may be under the belief that certain foods are not good for those who are trying to lose weight, even though they really are. Here are five healthy foods many dieters believe are bad for them, even though the opposite is what’s true.
Eggs have a pretty high cholesterol content, that can’t be denied. Still, that doesn’t make them unhealthy for you. Eggs are safe for most people to eat, even those with high levels of cholesterol. The main benefit of eggs lies in their vitamin B-12 content, which many people (especially vegetarians) lack in their diet.
Pasta does not inherently cause weight gain in people, as long as it’s eaten in healthy amounts. Since so many restaurant serve such large plates of pasta that are loaded with creamy sauces, it’s easy to overdo it and eat more than you should. Make pasta a side dish, rather than a main entrée, and you should be ok to keep eating it.
Dairy products such as milk and cheese provide you with large amounts of protein and calcium, which are two nutrients that are essential to your optimal health and well being. The health benefits from dairy products far outweigh the sometimes high fat content. However, the fat found in dairy products is also important to your health.
Nutritionists love to talk about the many health benefits of sweet potatoes, but they rarely mention anything about white potatoes, which leads many people to think that they have very little or even no nutritional value. As it turns out, white potatoes are great sources of fiber and potassium, and their calorie content is relatively low. Just avoid French fries and fried potato strings, and prepare your potatoes in a healthier way.
Carbs are not inherently bad for you, honestly. Swap out your white bread for whole wheat or whole grain bread to go with a healthy turkey or veggie sandwich, and you’ll be getting the fiber your body needs to keep up a healthy digestive tract. Avoid breads with added sugar or processed flours, and you’ll be getting lots of nutrients.
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