Unhealthy Foods that Are Actually Good for You

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-03-20 15:19:21 -0500
Started 2012-03-17 09:42:15 -0500

Why is it that so many delicious and healthful foods have gotten such bad raps?

We could blame the sensational headlines in the media or your Uncle Jack's lack of understanding about the latest scientific research study, but when it comes down to it, we've all heard some bad things about what has turned out to be some really great foods.


These bad reps may be based on a one-sided story, old wives' tales or outdated research, yet many people who want to eat healthier are shying away from foods that are actually good for them! We recently told you about some "healthy" foods that are anything but, and now we're setting the record straight about some of the "unhealthy" foods that are actually good for you!


How many are you avoiding?


3 replies

Nick1962 2012-03-20 15:19:21 -0500 Report

I read the article (and the related ones in it) and have a really mixed opinion. First, I don’t recall anyone listing the foods she did as “unhealthy”. Nutritional value can be gained from any food, however what makes it “unhealthy” is our current practice of over consuming it. She makes reference to this in her potato analogy. Yes, the potatoes we now get at grocery stores are huge, and yes, eating 1/3 of one is a better option, however simply selecting something like a small white or red would be just as simple, and personally, I find about 5 or 6 of the nickel sized creamer potatoes a good portion size and even more tasty when I rarely do indulge.
Her statement (and associated article - The Truth About Carbohydrates) that the low carb diet is over is at best an opinion – she cites no research for this statement. The current low carb diet is simply a return to a previous healthier meal plan that most of us have long since forgotten. In that article she suggests consuming daily 6-11 servings of whole grain breads, muffins, bagels, rolls, pasta, noodles, crackers, cereal, and brown rice, which mirrors the OLD food pyramid. The new food pyramid cuts this to 4-8 servings daily.
In her attempt to discredit the low carb diet, she also takes it to the extreme when making the claims of side effects. She states “When you severely restrict carbohydrates, your consumption of protein and fat increases, which has several long-term effects:” This statement is false – just because you consume less carbs doesn’t mean you automatically consume more protein. Yes, the protein to carb ratio changes, but just giving up a slice of bread doesn’t mean you are replacing it with an egg. I will admit to doing that extreme cutting, but I can tell you that it is not something anyone with even above average willpower will do for long. I severely cut carb intake by nearly eliminating grain-based foods. No bread also means no sandwich, which removes a good deal of protein in taking away any meat, cheese, or fish associated with it. However, many of those carbs I cut were brought back in the form of nuts and beans, which have a better calorie/protein/carb ratio, thus the carbs I do consume are better nutritionally.
I’ll agree with James in that this is a broad-brush article for a very small portion the general population – the portion of ideal health, activity level, and weight. Frankly, I think it borders on irresponsible. Just my rant.

jayabee52 2012-03-17 10:47:47 -0500 Report

Thanks Mays for sharing that.

However I want to remind everyone that this article was written to a GENERAL audience, not to folks who have conditions like Diabetes and Kidney disease.

So when the article touts potatoes as a healthy choice, it may be a healthy choice for the general public, but not a good choice for People with Diabetes (PWDs). Nor are bananas. Both because they contain either starches or sugars.

People with Chronic Kidney disease (CKD) ought avoid both potatoes and bananas as well as avocadoes due to their high postassium content.

So this is a good article if we keep in mind those provisos.