Nutrition is the main hot topic in the scientific community. Everyone wants to know on which foods can help or harm us, but sometimes even nutritionists and experts get it wrong. Below you can see a list of 7 common foods that are falsely accused for harming our health.
For decades, we’ve been told that salt is actually very bad for our health. It was associated with high blood pressure as well as kidney and heart problems, but recent studies have shown that the link doesn’t exist. Even worse, cutting down on salt actually raises our blood pressure, so it’s not so harmful as we’ve all thought.
More than 50 years ago, eggs were considered the main cause of high cholesterol levels and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. However, scientists are now realizing their mistake. The cholesterol in eggs is not harmful – they actually contain a variety of essential nutrients which our body needs to properly function.
Popcorn isn’t junk food – it’s actually very healthy if you omit the butter “dressing.” Popcorn has been found to contain powerful antioxidants that can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. It also has almost no calories and is perfect for your digestion. Just make sure to skip the unhealthy toppings and eat them with only a bit of salt.
No, skim milk is not better than whole milk. Recent studies have shown that whole milk contains a variety of important nutrients that can improve our health and reduce the risk of cancer, while some experts claim it can also reduce the risk of diabetes and help us slim down.
Caffeine was accused of various problems in the past, including cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure and nervous system damage. However, studies in the past decade have shown that coffee actually reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and cirrhosis, so feel free to enjoy it. Just don’t go overboard – a few cups per day is fine.
People have been switching from white to brown rice in recent times thinking the white version’s less healthy. However, the reality is different. White rice absorbs toxins in the body and is easier to digest, doesn’t contain gluten, contains less arsenic than brown rice and prevents a variety of digestive problems.
Ah, pizza – everyone’s favorite food. Although store-bought pizza can be pretty harmful for your health if eaten frequently, preparing your own pizza at home with hand-picked ingredients won’t put your health in danger. Use whole-wheat flour for the crust and add some protein and vegetables and you’ve got yourself a great healthy version of pizza.
Bonus – chocolate
Scientists have been debating on the topic of chocolate and our health for decades. Although too much chocolate is definitely not good, consuming dark chocolate (70%) cocoa every day can actually improve your overall health. Dark chocolate has been found to improve the flexibility of our arteries and prevent a variety of cardiovascular problems, in that way reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Due to the high level of antioxidants, it’s also great for our brain, and some studies have even suggested that dark chocolate can prevent diabetes.