10 Surprisingly Healthy Foods


Getting healthy is all the craze these days
and many people will tell you that you’re an unhealthy loser unless all you eat is organic
grass and environmentally friendly pinecones. But believe it or not, there are some basic
foods that many people mistake as being unhealthy, when actually if they’re prepared correctly
and in moderation, they can be a healthy part of a balanced diet. So join us as we count
10 surprisingly healthy foods. Pork
Protein is essential to the body to build, maintain and repair body tissue. Pork has
lots of protein, but is often associated with being very high in fat, which in some cases
is true. However, if you know the right cuts, boneless loin chops, tenderloin and even center-cut
bacon, pork can rival poultry as a healthy protein source. As a bonus, pork has plenty
of B vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, B-6 and thiamin.
Beef Similar to pork, it’s key to know the right
cuts. Take beef tenderloin for example, it has roughly the same calorie and fat content
as skinless chicken thighs, not too bad. It also has plenty of protein and Victamin B12,
iron, zinc, phosphorus, and selenium. While tenderloin is great, it’s not the cheapest
cut so for a lower cost alternative consider top sirloin and flank steaks, both are great
all purpose cuts that work in many recipes and can be complimented by a large range of
different sauces. Coffee
Is cutting out coffee the best bet for your health? Not necessarily. Sure, if you drink
too much, caffeinated coffee can give you the jitters or interfere with sleep. But you
can also reap significant perks from coffee, both caffeinated and decaf. Studies show that
drinking coffee regularly may reduce your risk of Parkinson’s disease, colon cancer,
diabetes, and even headaches. Scientists also believe that coffee may play a role in improving
memory and decreasing the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Multiple studies have shown that coffee drinkers
are up to 80 percent less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. In other studies, colon
cancer was reduced by about 25 percent in individuals who drank at least 2 cups a day.
While more research is needed, most health experts now believe that the health benefits
of coffee outweigh the negatives. Potatoes
While most people know that fried potatoes are anything but healthy, many would consider
restaurant baked potatoes to be just fine, when in fact it’s also unhealthy. That being
said, if you prepare them yourself, potatoes can be a versatile, cost effective and nutritious
food that can play an important role as part of a balanced diet. Potatoes can be baked,
roasted or mashed to make a variety of tasty and nutrient rich sides for meals, as long
as you don’t go too crazy with the gravy. Chocolate
Any of you chocolate lovers out there may already have done some research on chocolate
and know that small amounts of dark chocolate actually has health benefits such as reducing
the risk of diabetes, reducing bad cholesterol and reducing high blood pressure. The key
here is Dark, that wasn’t optional. Chocolate with over 70% cocoa content ensures you reap
the benefits without bumping up the calories too much. Popcorn
Traditional microwave or cinema popcorn is mostly an empty snack full of butter, salt,
sugar, toffee and whatever else they decide to make them more appealing with these days.
However, air popped plain popcorn is low in calories and high in fiber content, so if
you add some spices like garlic, paprika, dill, cinnamon and a bit of olive oil you
can make a tasty snack without all of the calories.
Cheese Cheese has a good number of potential health
benefits like vitamins, omega 3 facts, protein, calcium and loads more. It needs to be a good
quality cheese though, coming from organic and grass feed cows and that means it won’t
come cheap. The value cheese you can buy will have much more added ingredients and at that
point the negatives outweigh the benefits. Guinness
Alcohol isn’t always bad for you when consumed in moderation. That applies to any alcohol,
be it beer, spirits or wine. Studies have shown that small amounts can actually reduce
the risk of cardiovascular disease or heart attacks. Guiness is often thought to be stronger
than light beer and also supposedly contains much more calories. Both of those facts are
wrong. Guinness is actually weaker than the average 5% beer, coming in at just 4.2% and
it has nearly the same amount of calories as light beer.
Eggs Eggs contain a high amount of choline, a nutrient
crucial for the brain to function efficiently. Eggs also contain antioxidants that can keep
your eyesight in good shape and reduce the risk of macular degeneration which is the
main cause of blindness. So when you consider how cheap eggs are and how much protein, and
how many nutrients they have you will easily understand why eggs can be a great part of
any healthy balanced diet. Full Fat Dairy
This is a tricky one because many people have been conditioned to automatically think of
dairy fat as unhealthy, and while partially true it is not correct to lump all dairy together
as unhealthy. When looking at the individual effects from dairy you’ll find that it’s
not just based on fats but also the nutrients that go with it. There has been good research
to show that dairy products from cows that had been raised on pasture that were not force
fed grains but rather had a natural grass diet contained much more nutrients than from
those from factory farm cows. Do you have any other foods to add to this
list or did you disagree with something on the list? Let us know in the comments below.
See you guys next time. For anyone still watching you’re probably
a subscriber and you know I haven’t posted in ages. Sorry about that, while I do love
this channel and wish for it to grow further it’s still a hobby for me and I’ve had
to focus on some other aspects of life. However, I’m confident that I am back on track now
so the weekly videos will be coming out again. A huge thank you to everyone who has stuck
around all this time.

20 Replies to “10 Surprisingly Healthy Foods”

  1. It's great that you're back and the video is super as always; but maybe you should have said not only about guinness, but about alcohol in general, which is harmless in small amounts altogether

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