Although we’re not fans of classifying food as “good” or “bad” (there really is no morality when it comes to food), there’s no denying that some foodstuffs gets a not-so-great rap. But is it justified? Sometimes a food item really gets a worse rap than it deserves. Here are 5 foods that can be good for us:
1. Chocolate. Yes, it is true. Chocolate can be good for you. Now before you joyously scoff down that O’Henry, know that it’s the dark chocolate that gets the nod as the healthier kind. Try for 60-80% cocoa. And stick with 1oz per day (= the size of two 9-volt batteries).
2. Fat. Think canola and olive oil. Yes, some fat is good for you. We actually need some fat in our diet to absorb the fat soluble vitamins – A,D,E,K. The trick: not getting too much. Use it when cooking and make your own salad dressing and you’ll get the 2 Tbsp recommended per day.
3. Coffee. M just did a great blog on coffee and so I’ll defer to that. But just for the record, java makes this list.
4. Eggs. As they continue to recover from mass hysteria regarding links to high cholesterol and heart disease, the mighty egg moves on. Teaching point: If you’re having bacon and eggs, the saturated fat in the bacon is the part that can raise your bad cholesterol, not the cholesterol in those eggs.
5. Pizza. I think pizza gets a totally unfair bad rap. The word “pizza” overs such a broad category of options. How does greasy, thick, white pizza crust with fatty pepperoni and layers of saturated fat cheese even compare to a multigrain, thin-crust, veggie-laden pizza with protein (goats cheese, chicken, etc)!? It doesn’t. It’s a different food altogether. Pizza can be good for you. Read the labels and compare brands or make your own with decent toppings.