Many of us stay away from our favorite foods because they have a reputation for being “bad” or unhealthy for us. Being constantly bombarded by nutritional information, it’s often hard to cut through the clutter for a clear answer on which seemingly unhealthy foods are actually not so bad when balanced with an overall healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Josh Sandell of Orthology, a world-class solution for rapid recovery from physical injuries and chronic pain, is bringing attention to several foods that, when consumed in moderation and with regular exercise, have multiple health benefits.
Chocolate: The cacao bean, which is what chocolate is derived from, is full of theobromine and flavonoids, an antioxidant known to help improve heart health and shield cells from negative effects of aging
Beef: When shopping for beef, opt for a lean beef option at your local grocery store. Beef provides a mass amount of vitamins and minerals including B-vitamins, iron and protein.
Peanut Butter: Peanuts are high in protein and provide a good dose of potassium, which lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. It’s important to note that choosing natural or organic peanut butter is much healthier option.
Coffee: Coffee can help to reduce the possibility of premature death by lowering the chance of cardiovascular disease and systemic inflammation, not to mention increasing cognitive function and mood.
Potatoes: Potatoes are loaded with important nutrients like vitamin C, potassium and magnesium which can aid in stabilizing blood pressure. When preparing potatoes, choose a healthy method like baking, and don’t over do it with salt and other fixings.
Balance is crucial to implementing a successful approach to healthy eating. When certain foods are consumed in moderation and paired with consistent exercise, it creates a more balanced lifestyle. By taking a deeper look into these foods that have long been associated with negative thoughts, we are able to uncover numerous health benefits.
This post was written for Parenting Healthy and my hope is that you understand that it takes research and time to truly understand the articles you read on food. If you learn to read labels and educate yourself on the real benefits of food, there are many ‘bad’ foods you do not need to worry about avoiding or completely cutting out of your diet. Food and nutrition is a science and these posts aim to help educate you further.
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