Mom always said to eat vegetables, and nutritionists added lean proteins to the plate. But there are several foods on healthy menu than a grilled chicken breast and a cup of steamed broccoli. Despite their bad reputation, some former “bad-for-you” foods deserve a second look, and an addition to your meal plan as well.
Eggs were taken off the menu when they were thought to be high in dietary cholesterol. But according to the American Egg Board, providing one large egg 13 nutrients, including: choline, a nutrient for the brain, antioxidants, high-quality protein, selenium, folate, riboflavin and B-12. Additionally, this nutritional powerhouse only 75 calories.
Peanut butter has a bad reputation so high in calories and fat. Nevertheless, “Cooking Light” magazine reports that eating peanuts or peanut butter can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, lower total cholesterol and lower triglycerides. According to a study done at Harvard, consuming peanuts and peanut butter can also help to prevent type 2 diabetes. Peanut butter is full of protein, potassium and vitamin E, and can also help with weight loss because you feel fuller longer after eating it.
Coffee is not just a “good morning” wake-up call. The “Journal of the American Medical Association” reports that drinking coffee may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Coffee is also associated with better memory, increased alertness and improved performance. “Science Daily” reports that coffee can prevent cavities and other dental problems. To maximize coffee’s health benefits, remember to skip much fat creamers and sugary shot of flavored syrup.
Mushrooms have always been known as a low-calorie food, but previously was thought to be low in nutrition as well. But mushrooms pack a punch for the immune system. Compounds found in mushrooms helps the body suppress breast and prostate cancer. Also, one medium portobello mushrooms or five white mushroom contains more antihypertensive potassium than an orange.