Take a bite out of these 4 junk foods below that are actually good for your health!
……… ketchup, provided you find a brand without added sugars – high fructose or otherwise – is pretty good stuff.
The phytochemical lycopene is an antioxidant that’s about 100 times more powerful than Vitamin E and it’s found in tomatoes and other bright red fruits and vegetables.
Unfortunately, lycopene isn’t very well absorbed unless it’s cooked, which is why processed tomato products like ketchup are some of the highest, most bioavailable sources of lycopene.
Lycopene is implicated in reducing the incidence of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, male infertility, and prostate cancer, so look for ketchup made with tomatoes, vinegar, salt, and spices and use it liberally on your food.
Put it on the usual stuff like burger, but also use it on eggs and grilled meats. Use it instead of whipped cream in your perverted lovemaking. Add it to soups and stews.
When you look at the nutrients truly important to human health, foods like organ meats rank very high, along with certain herbs and spices and nuts and seeds.
The trouble is, most Americans don’t particularly fancy organ meats, and eating an amount of herbs and spices big enough to provide the required nutrients would have you burping up flakes of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme all day.
But also high on the nutrient list is pork, particularly bacon.
But let’s get back to the issue of fat again. It turns out that the bacon contains mostly healthful saturated fat and monosaturated fat, consisting mostly of oleic acid, the type found in olive oil.
The only caveat is that you should look for bacon from “pastured” pigs that ate normal piggy foods instead of industrial slop. Look for it in the usual places, like Whole Foods. If you find it, try having some BLTs for dinner once in a while and live a little.
So these Harvard boys put together a study that followed large populations and their disease rates. Among all sorts of findings, they linked potato eating to being overweight, blaming in on the resultant spuddy rise in blood sugar.
The thing is, there are plenty of other foods that cause similar or greater rises in blood sugar, yet they correlate with healthy body weights.
Well, as is often the case with scientists, they neglected to look at the whole picture. It turns out they mashed up their potato findings; they put all potato products together, including potato chips and French fries.
No wonder potatoes correlate so highly with obesity rates!
But other, more elegantly structured studies have failed to find any correlation between potatoes and weight gain or any diseases, for that matter.
The potato is actually a good guy, provided you boil it or bake it (or even fry it with healthful oil and dip it in sugar-free ketchup).
Despite its lack of color, which often denotes a dearth of phytochemicals, potatoes contain a number of carotenoids and flavenoids, as well as a decent array of vitamins. There’s absolutely no need to leave them off your dinner plate.
By the way, despite the old wives’ tale about all of the potatoes’ nutrition being found in the skin, only 20% of it is found there. The rest of it is in the flesh, although the skin does contain an appreciable amount of fiber.
Sure, wine contains polyphenols that are allegedly heart-protective, but so does beer. The only difference is that beer’s polyphenols come from barley and hops instead of grapes.
Wine is also said to reduce the incidence of blood clots, but it’s probably just the alcohol that does that.
As far as individual nutrients, beer has more niacin, B5, B12, folate, selenium, and silicon, while wine has more calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and manganese. Beer is lower in calories, but that’s primarily because wine contains more alcohol.
For the most nutrient bang-for-your buck, stick with the darker brews that taste like liquid bread instead of the paler, watery variants like Coors.
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