Have you forsaken a favorite food because you heard it was unhealthy? You might be mistaken – deliciously, deliciously mistaken. Here are four foods that may be healthier than you think.
Sigh no more, avocado lovers! While it’s true that the fantastic ‘alligator pear’ has high fat content, most of that is monounsaturated fat, which can be good for you. Avocados are also a great source of fiber, vitamins C, K, and B6.
As a saturated fat, coconut oil has taken flak, but now it’s back with a vengeance. Studies have found that it’s not only heart-healthy, but full of medium-chain triglycerides (which are metabolized so fast that they’re rarely stored as fat!). It’s also been found to fight against viruses, level out blood sugar, boost good cholesterol and – irony of ironies – help maintain weight. At 120 calories per tablespoon, though, portion control is key.
These little guys are an excellent source of vitamins D, B6, and C, and contain iron, magnesium, and beta-carotene. Studies have also shown that diets rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C are associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. Just take it easy with the marshmallows and maple syrup.
Bananas are high carb and high calorie, but new research is showing them serious love. It turns out that bananas are loaded with “resistant starch,” which fills our bellies without actually filling out our bellies. It may also help prevent breast cancer. Go for the greenish-yellow ones if you’re looking for resistant starch, because ripe and cooked bananas have already broken it down.
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