Eating healthily is hard at the best of times but if you can’t stand vegetables, fruit or fish then it gets even harder. Most of the food we really enjoy is crammed full of additives, salt and fat which are obviously not good for us. However there is a selection of foods that you’d think fell into the unhealthy category but actually provide with us many benefits.
Note: It is important to understand that despite these being a lot healthier than their reputations, they should still only be consumed in moderation.
Whenever people go on a health kick the first thing that seems to get pushed out of their diet is chocolate (at least, they try). In some ways it is understandable, ever since we were children we’ve always been taught to limit how much chocolate we eat because it is full of this and full of that. And to be fair a lot of chocolate is full of sugar, fat and all kinds of additives but not all of it by any means.
Instead of indulging in the overly sweet and almost tasteless chocolate varieties go for bars with a high percentage of cocoa solids. These chocolate bars for adults will have a lot less fat and sugar than their sweet counterparts. Not only that but dark chocolate has been proven to reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and it has also been linked with improving the health of our hearts.
I love beef; it is hands down my favourite meat. When cooked right it’s tender, juicy and utterly delicious but apparently it is also rammed full of calories and clogs up our arteries which leaves our hearts strained. Once again though, this is actually an unfair reputation; although beef does contain a lot of calories and if it is all you eat then your heart will be under a lot of pressure.
Research indicates that beef contains a lot of monounsaturated fat (the same stuff found in olive oil) and may even help to lower your cholesterol. Did I mention all the protein, iron and vitamins that it contains yet? No, well that’s just another few ticks in the pro column for beef.
A lot of people I know like to have a glass or tow of red wine most evenings, I guess it just helps them to relax and unwind. But how many times have we been told that drinking alcohol regularly damages our liver, increases the chance of heart attacks and has a lot of calories in.
What you may not know is that red wine contains something called Resveratrol which has been shown to offer some protection against Alzheimer’s, dementia as well as increasing life expectancy. Research at the University of Santiago de Compostela shows that a glass of red wine a day reduces the risk of lung cancer by 13%!
Now some of you are probably thinking I’ve gone a bit crazy putting butter in. To be fair there are very obvious downsides to it not least the huge amount of fat in it but compared to margarine butter is definitely healthier. For starters margarine is essentially butter mixed with fat to make it cheaper and easier to spread. Still not convinced? Well most butters will contain both omega-3 and omega-6 which, as well know, are healthy. It is also a good source of vitamin A, D and E! The alternative of margarine is jammed packed with trans-fat which is pretty much the worst kind of fat you can get.