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Bad Foods Turned Good

Speculations about foods are common. There are many old wives’ tales that incredibly tell people that some foods are good and these foods are bad, and some foods will make you smart, thin etc. etc. Nevertheless, the truths about different foods are always revealed especially when nutritionists and professionals in lab coats studied and made a further research about them. The following are some of the foods that had bad misconceptions especially on the field of diet and fitness, but the truth following them seems otherwise. 

  • Sorbet (Substitute for Ice Cream)

A frozen dessert made from sweetened water flavoured with fruit (typically juice or puree), wine, and/or liqueur. Unlike ice cream, sorbet doesn't contain fat, but it still has a creamy taste.

  • Nuts

A nut is a hard-shelled fruit of some plants having an indehiscent seed. Nuts are an important source of nutrients for both humans and wildlife. Nuts contain the essential fatty acids linoleic and linolenic acids, and the fats in nuts for the most part are unsaturated fats, including monounsaturated fats.

  • Bread

Bread is a staple food prepared by cooking a dough of flour and water and often, additional ingredients. High-quality bread filled with fiber, minerals and vitamins is actually low on the glycemic index - meaning it won't cause the spike in blood sugar that can lead to weight gain. If you are looking to lose weight, you should be looking for the words "100 percent whole wheat or whole grain" when picking out a loaf.

  • Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is a type of confection traditionally made of chicle, a natural latex product, or synthetic rubber known as polyisobutylene. For reasons of economy and quality, many modern chewing gums use rubber instead of chicle. A professor of nutrition at the University of Rhode Island believes the act of chewing gum suppresses the appetite and stimulates the metabolism. Subjects, who eat less following a gum-chewing session, tend to express less hunger in the study's questionnaires and show a significant increase in metabolic rate.

  • Cheese

Cheese is a generic term for a diverse group of milk-based food products. Cheese consists of proteins and fat from milk, usually the milk of cows, buffalo, goats, or sheep. A 2009 study at the Curtin University of Technology compared individuals who consumed three servings of cheese per day to those who consumed five per day. The researchers concluded that increased consumption resulted in a reduction of abdominal fat, blood pressure and blood sugar.

  • Coconut oil

Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconut harvested from the coconut palm. Throughout the tropical world it has provided the primary source of fat in the diets of millions of people for generation. Because much of the saturated fat of coconut oil is in the form of lauric acid, coconut oil may be a better alternative to partially hydrogenated vegetable oil when solid fats are required. In addition virgin coconut oil is composed mainly of medium-chain triglycerides, which may not carry the same risks as other saturated fats. Coconut oil does not increase your cholesterol levels and it also has been shown to reduce the symptoms of digestive disorders.

  • Eggs

Eggs laid by females of many different species, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, have probably been eaten by mankind for millennia.  Harold McGee argues that the cholesterol in the yolk is not what causes a problem, because fat (in particular, saturated) is much more likely to raise cholesterol levels than the actual consumption of cholesterol. A 2007 study of nearly 10,000 adults demonstrated no correlation between moderate (6 per week) egg consumption and cardiovascular disease or strokes except in the sub-population of diabetic patients that presented an increased risk of coronary heart disease.

  • Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a food paste made primarily from ground dry roasted peanuts, popular in the Philippines, North America, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Actually, people who eat peanut butter are more likely to lose weight and keeps it off than people following a regimented, low-fat diet, according to research from Brigham and Women's Hospital. Research from Purdue University indicates that men feel fuller after eating the sticky snack.

  • Red Meat

Red meat in traditional culinary terminology is meat which is red when raw and not white when cooked. Red meat includes the meat of most adult mammals and some fowl (e.g. ducks).A lean cut of steak has about the same amount of saturated fat as chicken. A 1999 study funded by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, an advocacy group for beef producers, involved 191 persons with high cholesterol on diets where at least 80% of the meat intake came from either lean red meat in one group, or lean white meat in another. The results of this study showed nearly identical cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in both groups. This study suggests that lean red meat may play a role in a low-fat diet for persons with high cholesterol.

  • Coffee

Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted seeds, called coffee beans, of the coffee plant. Caffeine raises blood pressure and the heart rate, which can be bad for people with heart problems. But some studies have shown that caffeine speeds the metabolism and suppresses the appetite.


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