Would you like eggs for breakfast? Go for it! What about a juicy piece of beef for dinner? Sure! Baked potato on the side? Absolutely! Some of the foods you love are actually GOOD for you. Here’s a list of secretly healthy foods, courtesy of MSNBC:
- Eggs: Fears about cholesterol have given them a bad rap, but nutrition experts now say that for most people, the amount of cholesterol in a particular food usually has just a minor effect on their blood cholesterol. This is good news, because eggs definitely pack a nutritional punch. They’re loaded with choline – a chemical that helps your brain store and recall information. Eggs also contain compounds that may help prevent age-related blindness. However, even though one egg contains only 75 calories, that number goes up when you smother it in cheese, mayonnaise, or some other greasy goop. So eat your eggs as plain as possible – either scrambled, poached, boiled, or mixed with vegetables.
- Beef: The “beef” over red meat is that many cuts contain a ton of saturated fat, but not all beef is bad. In fact, one serving of lean beef contains 50% of the protein most people should get in a day. Plus, lean beef is a good source of selenium – a mineral linked with a reduced risk of some cancers. So go for the cuts with “loin” or “round” in the name - like sirloin or top round. They contain less fat than other cuts. Also, watch your portion size. A serving of lean beef should be about the size of a pack of playing cards.
- White potatoes: A whole white potato contains a good dose of Vitamin C – which is good for the immune system - and potassium – which helps lower your blood pressure.Plus, its high-fiber content helps slow digestion so you feel full long after your meal is over. Eat your potato with the skin on, and skip the fattening add-ons – like cheese and bacon bits. French fries DO NOT count as a “whole white potato.”