You’ve been lied to.
For years you have been told that in order to be healthy, you must focus on eating certain foods like fruits and vegetables and cut out other foods like cheese and red meat.
But the truth is, many of the foods you have been told are unhealthy for you are actually incredibly good for your health. In fact, new science is pointing to the real truth about fat, even saturated fat, and that is that it is NOT the demon it was once made out to be. Not. Even. Close.
You see, about 50 years ago, we were all told that fat was giving us heart disease and that we should focus on eating a low-fat diet. And for 5 decades, people have eaten less fat and more sugar, refined carbs and processed foods labeled “healthy.”
And what has happened? The Western world has become sicker and fatter thanks to following this advice.
Thankfully, people in the medical community have woken up and are recognizing that not only are certain fatty foods NOT bad for you, they are extremely healthy.
Here is a list of foods that you should be eating for optimal health. The best part is, these foods are incredibly delicious and far from bland or boring!
Any “must eat” food list that starts with cheese is a list to get excited about! Not only is cheese incredibly delicious, but it is also nutrient dense. When you consider that it takes an entire cup of whole milk to produce one single slice of cheese, you begin to understand how many beneficial vitamins and minerals are in cheese.
Not only is cheese an excellent source of calcium, but also of B12, selenium, and phosphorus. And of course, cheese boasts a significant amount of protein as well. Lesser known is the fact that cheese contains beneficial fatty acids that have been linked to a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
2. Dark Chocolate
This list is getting better and better!
Talk a out a delicious food that packs a powerful nutrient punch. Dark chocolate is very high in beneficial fat but also contains 11% fiber and over 50% of the RDA for iron, magnesium, copper and manganese.
But that’s not all, dark chocolate is also loaded with antioxidants and some pretty powerful ones. How powerful? Consider that dark chocolate is one of the highest scoring antioxidant foods and even outranks the almighty blueberry when it comes to antioxidant load.
Studies have shown that the antioxidants in dark chocolate have the potential to lower blood pressure and protect LDL cholesterol in the blood from becoming oxidized. Other studies have shown that people who eat dark chocolate 5 or more times per week are less than half as likely to die from heart disease compared to those who don’t eat dark chocolate.
A few rules for eating dark chocolate: make sure to buy bars with at least 70% cocoa content to reap all of these benefits and make sure you don’t overindulge. A little goes a long way and calories are still calories.
3. Whole Eggs
Do you want to know the whole truth and nothing but the truth about whole eggs? They are one of the absolute best superfoods on the planet. How many years did we all order omelets made from just egg whites? The yolks were vilified because they are high in cholesterol and fat.
But new studies have proven that the cholesterol in eggs doesn’t affect blood serum cholesterol. No, eggs are not bad for you but in fact, one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, loaded with vitamins and minerals. They also contain powerful antioxidants and a lot of choline, which is an important brain nutrient that 90% of people aren’t getting enough of.
4. Fatty Cuts of Meat
Ribeye steak lovers rejoice!
Red meat has been vilified for many years. We have been told to forgo our burgers and our steaks and ribs and pot roasts and to instead opt for lean turkey and chicken breasts. Blech! Bor-ing!
The truth is, when we eat fattier cuts of meat, we have a better chance of putting our body into ketosis. This is what we want for our bodies. Ketosis means we are burning fat for fuel instead of carbs. This is what our bodies were designed to do and it is much better for our health to burn fats than carbs.
So, allow yourself to eat fattier cuts of meat a few times a week and go for those marbled steaks and roasts. And feel free to cook them in lard, tallow, butter, ghee or coconut oil to get in even more healthy fats into your diet.
5. Full-Fat Yogurt
We started this list with dairy so let’s end it with dairy. As you probably know, yogurt can be incredibly beneficial because of the probiotics that it contains. But it can be even healthier if you opt for the full-fat yogurt as opposed to low-fat or even non-fat yogurt.
Just as with cheese, high-fat dairy products contain important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fatty acids. Eating high-fat yogurt every day can help your gut health as well as reduce your risk of heart disease and obesity.
A word of WARNING: Just be sure to read labels. Many yogurts on the market are low in fat but loaded with added sugars. You don’t want this. Avoid these and choose high-fat plain Greek yogurt instead. If you absolutely must sweeten it, throw in a handful of berries.
Eating healthy shouldn’t be so complicated. If you’re like most people, you do your research and try your best to only put into your body what will help it perform optimally.
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