There are so many food myths floating around that it can be hard to identify what’s good or bad for us, which is why we have compiled a list of products that are surprisingly good for your health. Spoiler alert: this includes chocolate.
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When eaten in moderation, cheddar cheese can be quite good for you. On top of neutralising the acids in your mouth after a meal, it also contains 25% of your daily calcium requirement and can therefore boost your immune system and help you maintain healthy skin, bones and teeth.
Believe it or not, red wine has numerous health benefits when drank within reason. You may be surprised to learn that a moderate amount can raise your good cholesterol levels, which can prevent the risk of blood clots or plaque formation in your arteries.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, carbs are bad, we know. However, potatoes can be good for you provided they’re not lathered in butter or mayonnaise. Red potatoes are just 88 calories each and can actually help you burn fat. They’ll also fill you up so will stop you reaching for that naughty dessert or bar of chocolate.
Again, when drank in moderation, coffee can be good for you. Studies have proven that a hot cup of joe can decrease the risk of Parkinson’s disease. Also, regular drinkers could also reduce the chance of developing Type 2 diabetes. However, make sure you leave out the sugar to avoid the high calories.
Fresh cuts of pork tenderloin can be as lean as chicken, as there is just 29 grams of protein in just one loin chop; not to mention it offers a wealth of B vitamins that can lower your cholesterol. However, avoid fried or cured options, such as ham and ribs, when attempting to maintain or lose weight.
While it is isn’t recommended for a daily diet, Nutella has some surprising health benefits. As it contains soy extract, it includes a high level of protein, iron and calcium, so the chocolate spread can improve your energy levels whilst making you feel fuller for longer.
You’ve probably heard the stories about eggs being bad for arteries; however, eating a whole egg a couple of times a week can help you maintain a healthy heart. Filled with 13 essential vitamins and minerals, eggs are a superb source of protein and are just 75 calories each.
Contrary to popular belief, avocados aren’t that bad for you. While they do contain a high level of fat, most of it is healthy fats. One-fifth of a medium avocado contains 50 calories, and they also offer 20 vitamins and minerals that can benefit your health.