Are you sure that that chocolate bar you eat isn’t healthy? How about the full-fat cheese you nibble on? The more studies researchers conduct, the better understanding they have about what is and isn’t healthy. And it turns out that some “bad” foods are actually good for us! Here are some that are the most shocking:
1. Dark chocolate.
While this doesn’t mean that you should eat a king-size candy bar on a daily basis, researchers have discovered some major benefits of dark chocolate in particular. For particular, it tends to have a higher content of cocoa than milk chocolate or white chocolate does. And the cocoa includes “flavonoids”, which function as antioxidants in the body. Dark chocolate also seems to increase blood circulation, and particularly in older adults.
2. Full-fat dairy products.
We now know that high levels of saturated fat in our diets can increase our risk of experiencing major health problems, such as strokes and heart attacks. So what could possibly be healthy about full-fat dairy products? It turns out that full-fat dairy products seem to help boost your metabolism-and thus help you to lose weight. Obviously, you’ll want to avoid eating a gallon of full-fat yogurt every day. But a moderate amount of full-fat dairy products can actually help to burn calories faster!
For many of us, guacamole is basically the only food we consume that contains avocado in it. What’s so special about it? While low in calories, avocados are high in a various vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, potassium, folate, and copper. Avocados also provide a wide range of health benefits. They’re fantastic for the heart, help your body to absorb veggies better, and aid the body in combating oral cancer. So it’s advisable to add more of this mysterious green fruit to your diet, whenever possible.
4. Fatty fish.
Not all fat is “bad fat”. Fatty fish is high in “good fat” which can significantly help you to maintain a healthy heart. That’s because these foods are full of something called “Omegao-3 fatty acids”. In fact, the American Heart Association suggests that everyone eat fish at least twice weekly. Types of “fatty fishes”, which are high in Omega-3, include lake trout, sardines, mackerel, and salmon.
Many of us have the impression that coffee is one of the unhealthiest drinks available. Well, it’s not quite that simple. The main problem with people’s consumption of coffee is related to how much they drink, and all the extras they add. But in fact, coffee can provide several benefits. Did you know that coffee can improve your mood, reduce the pounding pressure of headaches, and lower your risk of getting cavities? Coffee can also help to reduce your likelihood of getting Parkinson’s diseases, colon cancer, and diabetes. Moderation is the key, so one or two cups daily is advisable.