Source Bad old foods are good for you now
The punch line to this blog posting is don’t believe a word the food police and often what your doctor tells you about good / bad foods.
Try to eat healthy every meal. Limit your daily sugar intake, high fat foods, eat all the fresh fruit and vegetables you and your family can stand. Eat all foods in moderation. But the bottom line is eat what you and your family like to eat even if it’s a chocolate bar…Life is to short to eat tofu.
Eggs are good for you. Studies linking eggs to cardiovascular disease (CVD) transformed grandma’s breakfast staple into grandpa’s artery-clogging cholesterol grenade. Nutritionists condemned egg fat content (yolks).
* European Journal of Nutrition concluded that eggs do not contribute to CVD, and the yolk is no longer a nutritional no-no.
The University of Michigan’s Food Pyramid explains that “whole eggs offer almost every essential vitamin and mineral needed by humans except for vitamin C.” Yolks, it says, contain vitamins A, D, E and K as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which “lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration and heart disease.”
Chocolate thigh-dimpling, chin-pimpling bon-bon is now seen as an antioxidant and flavonoid-packed juggernaut that reduces CVD, high-blood pressure and strokes. Cocoa beans boast the same beneficial flavonoids (plant-based compounds) as red wine, green tea and leafy greens. A 10-year Swedish study involving 37,000 men published in Neurology (2012) combined with five other studies found that approximately one chocolate bar per week lowered stroke risk by 19 percent.
Despite their nutritional density, nutritionists dismissed nuts as fat-and-calorie torpedoes. But once those nutritionists split fats into “good” and “bad,” nuts went from zero to hero. They decrease heart disease and diabetes, according to the 2010 National Institutes of Health study, “Health Benefits of Nut Consumption.” Hardly a day goes by when they’re not front-and-center on “Dr. Oz.”
Nuts most studies favor tree nuts (such as walnuts, almonds and pistachios) over peanuts, which are actually legumes but the NIH study puts peanuts on a par with the tree variety. That’s because peanuts are packed with the (of the moment) antioxidant resveratrol. According to the USDA, boiling peanuts increases resveratrol concentration, making them comparable to the resveratrol poster child, red wine.
Red Meats Not so fast. An American Heart Association study on red and processed meat cited by The Mayo Clinic in 2013 concluded that processed meat, not red meat, “is associated with a higher incidence of CHD (coronary heart disease) and diabetes.” The Mayo Clinic favors grass-fed over corn-fed beef due to lower fat, higher omega-3s and other heart-healthy fats. But grass-fed beef is an acquired taste. Grassy diets make meat gamey, leaner, drier and less tender.
The great American Potato. Non carb-fearing nutritionists recommend potatoes as rich sources of potassium, niacin, fiber (in the skin) and vitamins C and B6. Now nutritionists recommend potatoes because they are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and B vitamins. You can eat them boiled, baked or roasted, just avoid frying them or slathering them lots of butter and sour cream.
Coffee to the rescue. Antioxidant and flavonoid powerhouse that reduces liver disease, diabetes, heart disease and Parkinson’s (only in men), according to Harvard’s website. According to Popular Science’s website, coffee can make you smarter, burn fat, improve athletic performance, lower dementia risk, increase liver health and extend lifespan. A 2013 Harvard study shows that it decreases suicide.
Most studies agree that coffee is detrimental to pregnant women, can worsen blood pressure problems and aggravate insomnia. Also, a paper filter apparently removes cafestol –a substance that increases bad or LDL cholesterol.
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