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THE TRUTH BEHIND UNHEALTHY FOODS

We have been told that these foods are bad for your health, and at the time we believed it because it seemed logical. But, as it turns out, they might not be all that bad. Decide for yourself, whether you should stay away from these tasty items or not.

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Red Meat

For years everyone has blamed red meat for various health ailments from heart diseases to cancer. Researchers thought that this was due to the meat’s saturated fat and cholesterol content. Fearing the worst, many people have even decided on completely avoiding red meat.

Why you should eat it: When you get down to it, the evidence gathered so far is insufficient to support a clear positive correlation between red meat consumption and colorectal cancer, heart disease, stroke or death. Any relation which has been found might stem from the fact that the sufferers of such illnesses who consume red meat

What you’re missing out:

  • It is an excellent source of heme iron, a form that is absorbed and utilized much more effectively than the nonheme iron found in vegetables
  • A great source of vitamin D and zinc (zinc is essential for many physiological functions and forms part of the structure for many proteins and enzymes)

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Cheese

Cheese is definitely high in calorie and full of fat, which is why it is difficult to ascertain the health benefits it has. But there are some cheeses that are good for you too.

Why you should eat it: Cheese has many health benefits, but that does not mean you should down it in kilos. Processed and sliced cheese that taste great often lack the health benefits offered by more natural cheeses like cottage cheese, goat cheese, cow cheese or yak cheese. Of course, if you consider the melted cheese on your pizza or in your burger as part of your daily diet, you are not doing much good for your body.

What you’re missing out:

  • Cheese is a great source of protein and calcium
  • eating full-fat cheese holds your appetite at bay for hours are also more likely to have consumed alcohol, cigarettes and follow an overall unhealthy lifestyle. While people who don’t consume red meat for health reasons are also more likely to refrain from other unhealthy dietary options. Of course, like everything else, you should consume it in moderate amounts.

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Green Chilies

A little spicy kick really helps when you’re trying to down food that doesn’t taste very good. But the green chilies have had a bad rep, and for good reason too. People who have irritable bowel syndrome or those who are susceptible to heartburn should refrain from biting down on these hot fruits (yes, fruits). But they do have several health benefits too.

Why you should eat it: Green chilies are a great flavor enhancer if you can stand the heat. And since they are virtually fat-free and low in calories, you don’t really have to worry about your waistline. They are also filled with several nutrients that do your body very good, which is why green chilies are often accredited with boosting the immune system.

What you’re missing out:

  • Vitamin A: Vitamin A helps with the synthesis of red blood cells and is an essential component of rhodopsin, the protein that allows retinal receptors in the eye to absorb light. It is also necessary for proper growth and development and to support immune system health. Without adequate vitamin A, you may be more likely to develop cancer and vision disorders.
  • Vitamin C: A diet rich in vitamin C may lower your risk of hypertension, cancer, heart disease and osteoarthritis.
  • Vitamin K: It helps to produce proteins crucial for blood coagulation and to support the development and maintenance of bones.
  • Capsacin: Eating rich capsaicin sources like green chili peppers may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells
  • Green chilies are rich in dietary fiber which is important for a healthy digestive system.

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Egg Yolk

Cholesterol is classified as one of the main culprits in heart diseases, and with up to 212 miligrams per yolk the egg took a serious hit when the blame game began on cholesterol filled food items.

The yolk actually does have the most cholesterol of any food. It looks like the yolk is down and out for the count.

Why you should eat it: It might sound like crazy talk, but the concept of “cholesterol causing heart diseases” might have to be rethought. A study found that almost 75% of patients hospitalized for a heart attack had normal cholesterol levels. In fact, cholesterol is essential to life and our bodies can readily synthesize it on its own. High cholesterol does not cause heart disease, inflammation and  oxidation of LDL does. To tackle this, eat more vegetables, eat fewer industrialized vegetable oils, eat more fish, exercise.

What you’re missing out:

  • A whole egg is a natural source of vitamin-D
  • It also contains 7 grams of high quality protein
  • It is full of omega-3 fatty acids and deliver many of the B vitamins and nutrients — B6, B12, riboflavin, folate, and choline
  • Promotes growth hormones.

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Potato

It is a must have with almost every tarkari in Nepali homes and we consume it on a daily basis. But weight watchers have always considered the potato one of their foes because of its starchy nature and high carb.

Why you should eat it:

Potatoes aren’t half as bad as some people make them out to be. In fact, it has been found out that potatoes had been wrongly placed in the higher end of the Glycemic Index (GI). The GI of potatoes varies according to type, way it is grown and preparation method. The GI of potatoes is much lower when they are eaten slightly cooled rather than hot, and when boiled and consumed whole rather than mashed. If you’ve hit a fat-loss plateau and are near your goal, potatoes may be just the thing to restore your leptin levels and jumpstart the leaning out process.

What you’re missing out:

  • Except for vitamin A, the potato contains almost every nutrient.
  • It helps curb your craving for sweets and bread

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Ghee

Ghee is 100% saturated fat, which we are often told to stay away from to reduce the risk of heart diseases. When you get down to it, it is basically pure unadulterated fat.  It can’t possibly be good for you can it?

Why you should eat it: Olive oil and other unsaturated fats are very susceptible to oxidation when heated and should not be used to cook food. Ghee has a very high smoking point, is very stable at high temperatures, and is made up of short fatty acid chains that are readily metabolized by the body. Ghee has been known to be used by ancient Hindus from as early as the 6th century and was a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic medicines. The key, once again, is moderate consumption.

What you’re missing out:

  • Ghee is full of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and these require dietary fat to be properly absorbed into our system. Ghee therefore ensures optimal use of these essential nutrients.
  • It contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), an antioxidant fatty acid that might reduce the risk of some cancers and aid in weight loss. (to raise HDL cholesterol) and, for crying out loud, eat your eggs whole. As long as you haven’t been advised otherwise by your doctor , you can enjoy the many nutritional benefits of a whole egg.
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