Keeping Fit

3 Foods to Add Back to Your Well-Balanced Diet

Studies have shown that the intake of dietary cholesterol, such as that found in eggs, has little influence on blood cholesterol levels.
March 2018

“Nutrition is exciting. Just about every day there is new research about how certain foods work in our body,” says Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner. “Over time as research is done, foods that were once considered unhealthy can be found to actually play a key role in healthy diets.” What historically “unhealthy” foods are now considered wholesome? Blatner provides some examples:

• Eggs

Shunned for many years, eggs were believed to be bad for heart health due to high cholesterol levels. However, numerous studies have shown that intake of dietary cholesterol has little influence on blood cholesterol levels. Today, eggs are part of a healthy diet — so much so that recently the country’s leading weight loss service announced that eggs are now included on its zero points list. When shopping for eggs, look for options like Eggland’s Best eggs, which have significantly more nutrition than ordinary eggs.

• Nuts

Snacking on nuts today is typically considered a healthy way to keep hunger pangs at bay. Nuts used to have a bad reputation for being high in fat and calories, and were often avoided, especially for people who wanted to lose weight. Today, many nuts are considered the ideal nutritious snack as they contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. For example, the versatile almond is relatively low in calories and has more calcium than other varieties, according to Plus, almonds are rich in fiber and vitamin E, an important antioxidant.

• Carbohydrates

Due to empty calories and low nutritional value, cutting carbs has been at the heart of diet fads for decades. The problem with this is that it assumes all carbs are equal, which is false. “The important thing to realize is there are high-quality and low-quality carbs,” says Blatner. “Instead of shaming all carbs, focus on high-quality sources of carbohydrates that fuel the body and give you energy — skip the refined grains like white bread and focus on whole grains.”


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