Sometimes in an attempt to eat healthy we avoid the most nutritious foods thinking they are bad for us. Team FitNut loves breaking myths and we are at it again. Here’s a list of 5 healthy foods often mistaken to be unhealthy so you can enjoy them without feeling guilty.
The yolk is considered to be unhealthy by many because of the common belief that it raises blood cholesterol. The real culprits there are saturated fats and trans fats. Our body naturally produces cholesterol, and when we consume items that already have cholesterol, the body compensates and produces less.
According to professor Eric Rimm at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a healthy adult can easily eat one whole egg a day. Unfortunately, those suffering from diabetes or a heart-related ailment, however, need to cut it down to three whole eggs a week.
Potatoes have a bad reputation for making people put on the kilos. However, nutritionists believe this is because the way they are made. Potatoes are often eaten in the form of French fries or potato chips instead of baked or roasted. In fact, a medium sized potato has just about 170 calories. They are rich in vitamins, potassium and fibre, which also keeps you fuller for longer.
Ghee is clarified butter made from cow or buffalo milk. Most of us gain a few kilos just by hearing the word butter. But ghee is actually healthier that you think. In addition to being rich in Vitamin A, D, E and K, studies have shown that ghee can actually help lower cholesterol. Moreover, it helps improve flexibility by lubricating connective tissues. Ghee is also used in traditional medicine in some parts of the world.
It again comes down to weight gain. Some suggest nuts should be avoided if you’re trying to lose weight, as they are high in calories. However, nuts are highly nutritious as they contain healthy fats, protein, dietary fibre and micronutrients.
If you think bananas are just for monkeys, think again. There’s a common perception that bananas are high in sugar and will lead to weight gain. Trust us they are more than just sugar. Bananas are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fibre. They aid digestion, promote good bowel movement and provide instant energy for your workouts. Added benefit, you can use the peel to clean your leather shoes.
Remember, excess of anything good is also bad. Just because these foods are actually good for you don’t fill up your plate with just them. Moderation is key when it comes to healthy foods and healthy eating.
Written with inputs from Avni Kaul, Nutrition counsellor at Fitness First Platinum, Saket