In a previous post, we looked at foods that could simultaneously be “good” and “bad” – “good” for some people and “bad” for others. Here are 6 more foods to make sure are good for you before you drop them into your shopping basket!
The “Good”. Peanuts, like other nuts, are powerhouses of nutritional benefits in snack form that are great on-the-go foods. Packed with magnesium, copper, arginine, folate and vitamin E, they can provide the body with lots of needed nutrients.
The “Bad”. Not only are peanuts known to be frequently contaminated with a mould called aflatoxin that is quite carcinogenic, they are also easily over-eaten. Can you have just 5-10 peanuts? Unlikely. While over-eating certain foods may be okay, it isn’t ideal with peanuts because they are calorie-dense and loaded with Omega 6 fatty acids that many people already get too much of.
The “Good”. Apple cider vinegar has been known for several big benefits- its ability to help with weight loss by curbing appetite, its ability to lower blood glucose levels, and its ability help the body fight infections.
The “Bad”. This highly acidic tonic can weaken tooth enamel, cause stomach problems, reduce potassium levels in the body, dehydrate the body and potentially also weaken bones in some people.
The “Bad”. Most people on a diet think of beer as a bad thing because it’s like “liquid bread”- full of calories, carbs and sugars. Not to mention, its alcohol content can be hard on the liver.
The “Good”. But did you know that there are some benefits to the occasional brew too? For instance, the hops in beer lead to a mild phytoestrogen effect – acting like estrogen in the body – which may be beneficial for some women. Their polyphenols also function as antioxidants, much like those in red wine.
The “Bad”. Hamburgers are considered one of the unhealthy food items available in fast food restaurants, full of trans fats, saturated fats, sodium and calories that are all frowned upon when trying to eat healthy and in moderation.
The “Good”. But don’t dismiss them just yet. When home-made with lean grass fed organic beef, burgers can be a great source of iron, B12 and protein that are all very beneficial for muscles, tissues, blood flow and overall energy levels. To keep it healthy, load up your burger with your favorite vegetable toppings, keep the dressings to a minimum, and skip the burger bun made from refined white flour.
The “Good”. Potatoes can be a great way to add healthy nutrients to a meal. They’re full of beneficial B vitamins, especially B6, necessary for a healthy brain and nervous system, cardiovascular health, and creating new healthy cells. They’re also abundant in important minerals like potassium, copper, manganese and phosphorus. As an added bonus, they contain a resistant starch (much like beans) that isn’t well digested by the body so it ferments in the large intestine and triggers the body to burn fat instead of carbs!
The “Bad”. However, potatoes are part of the nightshade family which means that they can worsen symptoms of arthritic pain and inflammation in some people. Potatoes also have a high sugar potential, meaning that much like corn, a majority of their starch is transformed into sugar in the body. Some people therefore need to minimize their intake of this vegetable if its glycemic control is an issue.
Though greasy french fries and potato chips may not be the healthiest ways of preparing potatoes for most anyone, there are many healthy ways of preparing this nutritious vegetable if it is nutritionally optimal for you. Visit www.ph360.me to find out if potatoes are in fact good for you and how to prepare them for optimal health benefit as your next side dish.
The “Good”. Raw cacao or dark chocolate is loaded with healthy antioxidants that are great for blood pressure and reducing the signs of aging. Its sterols and polyphenols can help lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease and stroke. Raw cacao or dark chocolate may even be beneficial for your brain!
The “Bad”. Despite the benefits raw cacao seeds may have, we don’t usually eat them in raw form, preferring yummy chocolate with added fats, sugar and sometimes milk instead. Though people may have good intentions when reaching for quality dark chocolate, they may nevertheless find themselves with headaches and increased inflammation in the body.
The only way to truly know whether any particular food is good or bad for you is to know what your body needs and doesn’t need at this very moment. We are all unique and have different dietary needs. Luckily, thanks to ph360 and the new ShaeTM, there is a way to take all the confusion out of health and find out what your body is calling for right now.