Scott Harding nutritional sciences lecturer of King’s College argues all food can be part of a healthy diet despite some having a label for “unhealthy.” Below are some that have been finally washed off of their labels recently.
◆Eggs=Eggs were believed to be bad for your heart for long because of containing an average of 185mg of dietary cholesterol, which was believed to contribute to high blood cholesterol levels. However, research has shown that the normal intake of dietary cholesterol has little influence on your blood cholesterol levels. That is, there is no proven relationship between egs and heart disease. In fact, what is proven is that eggs are a source of protein, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals.
◆Potatoes=Potatoes are one of the few vegetables that is considered to be unhealthy. This is because of their high glycemic index that rapidly increases the blood sugar rate. If the blood sugar rate increase, the resistibility of insulin increases that may increase the risk of diabetes. However, potatoes are a rich source of carbohydrates and vitamin C. According to Dr. Harding, cooking and cooling potatoes increases the amount of resistant starch in them which resists digestion in the gut and potentially have a positive impact on your gut bacteria.
◆Nuts and Peanut Butter=Nuts are high in fat and calories, so people on diet often avoid them. However, research shows that actually, raw nuts are key to a healthy diet because while maintaining body weight, they also help reduce deaths from heart disease. Raw nuts
contain lots of elements that are good for us such as protein and healthy fats. Peanut butter can also be part of a healthy diet because it is a source of protein, fibre, vitamin B6 and magnesium. Research has also shown that peanut butter can actually help in weight loss if it used to replace less healthy protein sources such as processed meats. However, since peanut butter is high in calories, it should be consumed moderately.
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Edited by Sooahn Ko