10 Seemingly Unhealthy Foods That Are Good For Health

Written by Indrani Karmakar  • 

There comes a time in every person’s life when they realize that it is in their best interest to work towards good health. This is when they transform themselves into a health-conscious person. For starters, they will scrutinize every label of ingredients of what they consume; they will formulate a favorite diet and a workout plan; and will memorize the nutrient content of all foods. Talking to the person will only motivate you to work on your health. However, not all healthy foods are packed under ‘organic’ and don’t always come in green. Additionally, they don’t always taste like something you’d rather not eat. Thankfully, numerous foods which were labeled as unhealthy turned out to be better for your health than we were led to believe. Go through the list to know them all.

1. Cookies

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Who took the cookie from the cookie jar? Well, we all did! If you think it’s something a health-conscious person should avoid, you need to understand that all cookies aren’t the same. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, animal crackers and graham crackers are healthier alternatives to chocolate chip cookies. Because of the healthy fat content and proteins in the nuts, cookies containing these are healthy for you. Of course, you can always bake cookies with healthy ingredients and munch on the healthy snacks every day.

2. Chocolate

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The news that chocolate is no longer on the “bad” list has been playing in your ears for quite some time. As long as the cacao content is at least 50%, milk chocolate is OK. People want chocolate because it contains magnesium, which is frequently reduced due to stress. Numerous metabolic functions in the body, including energy production, protein synthesis, and nervous system regulation, are facilitated by magnesium. Additionally, it is attributed to regulating blood sugar and preventing depression. Ideally, you want a chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa solids.

3. Cheese

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The main problem with cheese is that most people can’t limit themselves to one slice when they eat it! People think it’s unhealthy for them since it has a lot of saturated fat. However, dairy products have been shown to have anti-inflammatory qualities. If you include cheese in your diet, you won’t have to worry about getting proteins and calcium supplements.

4. Ice-Cream

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Another wonderful source of calcium is ice cream. A single scoop of high-quality ice cream can satisfy your sweet tooth while boosting your bone health. In addition, don’t waste your time with the low-fat varieties either. To make them more appetizing, they keep adding extra ingredients. Just make sure you don’t eat more than one scoop per occasion .

5. Popcorn

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Popcorn has gotten a bad name because of its high salt and butter content. But the good thing is, making your own popcorn at home might be just as delicious and healthy. Popcorn is a good source of fiber and protein and packs a nutritional punch: three cups of popcorn contains just 100 calories. In addition, you may experiment with butter, coconut, or olive oil if you cook popcorn at home using an air popper or a stovetop.

6. Seasoned Nuts

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Although we’ve been taught that too much salt is bad for us, we know it is because salty foods are generally ultra-processed. As a result, it’s difficult to determine if the salt in the meal is harmful or whether the salt itself is the problem. A single ounce of salted nuts is a nutritious and delectable snack unless you have high blood pressure or are on a reduced-sodium diet.

7. White Rice

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White rice has a higher glycemic index than brown rice, but it does not mean it’s bad for you. While it is true that white rice undergoes more processing, the nutrients lost during processing are added back into the white rice. According to studies, those who consume rice regularly are less likely to be obese. Some of the world’s healthiest countries, including Japan, eat this as a staple meal.

8. Peanut Butter

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Peanut butter aids in weight loss and provides instant energy. The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats present are good for you since they lower LDL cholesterol levels in your blood and minimize your risk of cardiovascular disease. However, spreads with additional sugars and oils should be avoided at all costs.

9. Egg Yolks

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Saturated fat and cholesterol appear to be the primary cause of degradation of cardiovascular health. This is why many individuals skip the yolk and consume the albumen only. But dieticians say the golden spheres of nourishment include 3 grams of protein and other vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D and phosphorus. However, this does not mean that you should eat egg yolk at every meal. Instead, egg whites to yolks should be used in a ratio of three to one.

10. Canned Oats

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Even though nutritionists claim packed cereals are high in sugar and processed carbohydrates, it is an excellent evening snack. Even a bowl of cereal is preferable to a slice of cake when craving something sweet. Depending on the type of cereal, you can actually benefit from the nutrients.

So now that you know all the foods accused of being unhealthy but are actually good for you, maintaining a good diet will be a cakewalk. Keeping a healthy balance between workouts and following a proper diet is important. So, which among these is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section!

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