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Whether you heard it from your mama or watched it on TV, we want you to know that not all food items have a bad reputation. Over the years, we’ve been conditioned and told to stay away from certain foods. However, we at POPxo believe that knowledge is power. We want you to satisfy your cravings in the healthiest way possible. Ladies, here are 10 supposedly unhealthy foods that are actually good for you. (Happy eating!)
Nope, we aren’t hinting at caramel, cheese or salted popcorn. We think the plain air popped popcorn puffs is the best. It makes for a great low-calorie snack as it’s made from whole grain and is packed with antioxidants. If that’s not convincing enough, you must know that it reduces the risk of lifestyle-related diseases and keeps your digestive system healthy. If you ask us, it even makes a healthier alternative to potato chips.
Many people tend to avoid egg yolks and consume only the whites. They believe the yellow gooey substance spikes up cholesterol levels. If you think so as well, we’re sorry to burst your bubble. Egg yolks happen to be a nutritional powerhouse! In fact, they’re packed with protein, vitamin D, phosphorous, mineral, selenium and choline. That’s a lot of health benefits if you ask us.
Unless you’re lactose intolerant, there’s no reason to keep away from dairy products. Low-fat dairy products have numerous benefits as they are rich in calcium and protein. As a food product, dairy helps keep your bones strong and keeps you feeling full for longer hours. Did you also know that 1 glass of cow’s milk contains 8 grams of protein? While milk from coconut, rice, almonds and oats, only contain 1 gram of protein.
For all you coffee lovers out there, we have some good news for you! Coffee is actually good for you! In fact, it reduces the risk of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Plus, it protects your cells from ageing and instantly boosts memory and energy levels. Only what’s expected of you is to keep a tab on your consumption. Try not to exceed more than 2-3 cups of coffee a day.
Never ever feel guilty of consuming a bar of dark chocolate, because girl, it’s good for you! The cocoa bean contains heart-healthy flavonoids and antioxidants. While boosting your grasping and memory power, the delicious treat also improves your mood and keeps you in a happier state of mind.
Peanut butter is anything but unhealthy, ladies! It not only tastes yum but is also filling, nutritious and healthy. Not to forget that it’s rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals. When stocking up, go for the unsalted peanut butter. It’s easier to digest and lowers the risk of coronary and cardiovascular diseases.You’ve got to try it.
The next time someone tells you to not eat potatoes, please ignore them. Ladies, potatoes are rich in potassium, calcium, fibre and vitamin C. When cooking them, don’t peel off the skin because that’s where most of the nutrients are present. Instead wash them well as most raw potatoes are coated with dirt and pesticides. To avoid losing nutrients while cooking, do not boil them, but try baking or roasting them instead.
If you compare fresh fruits to dry ones, many will choose fresh. After all, dried fruit does contain a concentrated source of calories. However, dried fruits also happen to be rich in folate, potassium, fibre, antioxidants and vitamins. As compared to fried snacks, dried fruits are a healthier choice. Give it up for apricots, prunes, raisins, apples and cranberries! These rockstars are delicious and make for a low fat snack when teamed with oats, yoghurt or milk.
There’s a constant debate whether hand-picked veggies are healthier than frozen ones. Believe it or not, but frozen vegetables contain the same quality of nutrients than fresh ones. After all, they’re carefully picked and processed at the peak of their freshness. Contrary to popular belief, most frozen veggies don’t contain added sodium or harmful preservatives. They contain fibre and are low in calories. Unlike fresh veggies, they don’t lose their nutritional value by the day as they’re packed to perfection.
Avocado is immediately assumed to be fatty food. Well, that’s true, but it contains good fat. From minerals to vitamins, this baby has the power to lower cholesterol levels, improve vascular health and boost anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, keeping you healthy and fit at the same time!
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