In today’s fitness circles, what constitutes “clean eating” and healthy living can seem incredibly complex or totally black and white, depending on what you read and who you listen to. Along the way, plenty of foods have been demonised and given a bad reputation. A balanced diet is a key to a healthy lifestyle, and here are a number of foods that have been unnecessarily written off as bad for you…
Egg yolks have been tarnished due to their high cholesterol content. Now, egg white omelettes are all the rage for health-conscious brunchers.
However, evidence suggests that eating egg yolk does not directly increase your risk of cholesterol-related health issues. Dismissing the yolk means you miss out on a massive amount of benefits, all in a low-calorie package. Egg yolks contain vitamin B12, omega 3s and vitamins A, D, E and K. You don’t find any of those in your whites, so keep the sunny side in your meals and snacks.
While loading up on a venti mocha with cream is not classed as healthy or nutritious, coffee does have its benefits. As well as being a source of caffeine to fuel your workouts, coffee is high in antioxidants. These antioxidants have been linked to reduced risk of diabetes and a stroke. Try your coffee black or in espresso form for maximum benefits.
Oil is commonly associated with fat, which is synonymous with being unhealthy. However, fat is an essential part of our diet, and many oils contain health benefits. Flaxseed oil, for example, is a great source of Omega-6. Olive oil is high in antioxidants and polyphenols which help to keep your heart working efficiently. In addition, coconut oil is made up of medium chain triglycerides, which are linked with improved metabolism.
Avocado has both fans and critics, with the main issue against being the high-fat content. However, it is important to note that the monounsaturated fat in avocado actually has properties beneficial to our hearts. Plus, it’s a good source of vitamin E, which is great for cell maintenance and skin health.
This classic cinema snack is infamous for being high in calories. However, home-made popcorn can actually be an incredibly low calorie snack and a great source of fibre. Buy corn kernels from your supermarket and heat them in a lidded saucepan until they pop into a tasty treat. Pop them with coconut oil or truffle oil if you want a luxurious flavour.
Carbs, in general, get a bad reputation, but bread seems to get the hardest time. However, carbohydrates are essential for effective body function. They fuel your workouts and the fibre content often makes them instantly satisfying when you are hungry. Eating bread as part of a balanced diet will not make you unhealthy. Choose fresh, whole grain loaves to get the best source of fibre and to keep your sugar levels stable. For extra nutritional value, choose bread that contain seeds. Make sure you serve your bread with protein and fat for a totally balanced dish.