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Finding The Foods That Are Really Good For You?

Young people today really care more about consuming fresh food that has fewer artificial ingredients and is less processed. Are we embarrassed to eat fast food, unlike people from previous generations? Well, it’s definitely time someone started acknowledging those tons of information. McDonald’s restaurants are still the most popular choice for take out food because they are convenient and laced with salt to taste good but it doesn’t mean we have to follow suit.

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On the other hand, things are often taken to an extreme and you need to strike a happy healthy balance. We are constantly told not to eat certain foods because of dunno-how-many reasons. What’s wrong with whole eggs, peanut butter, or bananas? Ok, it’s obvious that overeating on anything can have a negative effect on my body, but putting white potatoes in the same basket as processed foods doesn’t really make any sense. Avoid food-like substances, but eat food. These are some of the foods that you’ve been told not to eat because they are supposedly bad.

Potatoes
Potatoes are a rich source of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, calcium and fiber. When eating properly prepared potatoes, its GI (glycemic index) value shouldn’t matter to you. When you add just a little olive oil, it turns to a low-GI meal, because olive oil slows the absorption of its carbohydrates. Potatoes are considered “bad” because they are ranked high on the GI scale. It is worth noting that it is a controversial and imperfect scale in itself, used for measuring how quickly various foods raise blood sugar. High GI value foods raise it more quickly, as well as the insulin hormone, which can be bad for those that suffer from diabetes.

Peanut Butter
They say it’s a super fattening food. Yes, it is high in fat. But not all fats are bad. About 80% of that fat comes from polyunsaturated and monounsaturated healthy oils. This doesn’t mean that it is literally fattening. The biggest reason peanut butter is put on the “no” list is because of its high calories - yes there are 200 calories in only two tablespoons of peanut butter even though it is rich in goodness, it’s one to avoid a lot of. However, it is also high in protein, magnesium, niacin, vitamin E, folic acid, and antioxidants. 2002 research results point out that peanut butter consumption lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes in women. Just make sure that you buy the natural thing, made only from ground peanuts even if you have to spend extra.

So what foods should we start trying?
You probably find that there is a specific type of cuisine that you really like, such as Thai food or Mexcian, or maybe you love Sushi or you are obsessed with Indian curries, there are plenty of ways to incorporate some healthy dishes into your life. Indian food is rich in many vitamins and there are plenty of dishes that are easy to make like samosa chaat. What is samosa chaat you might ask, well it’s a delicious and healthy dish!

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