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6 Once-Forbidden Foods That Aren’t So Bad For Us

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6 Once-Forbidden Foods That Aren’t So Bad For Us

By Sarah Krupp, DivineCaroline

For years, nutrition advice could be summed up something like this: If you like eating or drinking (fill in the blank), it’s bad for you. Health experts blacklisted sugar, butter, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and eggs. The Grim Reaper, it seemed, doubled as tiramisu cake. So we abstained from these forbidden foods or flagellated ourselves while indulging in them. No longer! Researchers have found that these foods are less sinful than we thought, and in some cases, can actually provide health benefits. Find out what makes these “bad” foods not so bad after all.

1. Butter Is (Sometimes) Better
We all know that butter isn’t good for us. But, according to the scientists at Harvard Health Publications, a little butter isn’t so bad and is actually better than stick margarines. Margarine was thought to be heart healthy because, unlike butter, it doesn’t contain cholesterol or saturated fat. But the common process to convert liquid oil into margarine by adding hydrogen atoms creates harmful trans fats that, like butter, increase bad cholesterol in the blood while decreasing the good kind. The hydrogenation is essential to create the stick margarine, but many of the soft margarines in tubs are now made with fewer or no trans fats and some health experts recommend those over butter. As for the overall fat and calorie content, it’s a tie–neither will do your waistline any favors, so use them sparingly. Learn how to make your own butter here.

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11:11PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

And how do you tell if the high fructose corn syrup is free of GMOs? Anybody got any clues about that?

11:04PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

One of the things about fats that is not very well reported, is that there is a very small amount of poly-unsaturated fats our bodies can process. It processes butter far better. And it is a myth that butter affects cholesterol levels as much as the media portray.

10:08AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Eyup!

1:13AM PDT on Jul 17, 2010

thanks!

12:17PM PDT on Jul 16, 2010

thankx i take them all

4:02AM PDT on Jun 1, 2010

Sometimes we need to just listen to ourselves and trust our instincts. I have always been a big believer of these foods as having a valuable place in our diet provided you use the common sense of 'moderation'. Once again, it comes down to getting back to basics and not over complicating things. A great article that brings a smile to my face. Thanks

4:49AM PDT on May 26, 2010

No more! The researchers found that these foods are less guilty than we thought and, in some cases, can provide health benefits. Discover what makes these "bad" foods is not so bad after all.
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11:04AM PDT on May 24, 2010

Glad you saved the best for last. Not all chocolate is created equally. Everyone needs to know about healthy chocolate. Let me knwo if you want more info or look at Loco4xoco.com In Canada Health canada has approved the wording for the cardiovascular claims on the package.

11:55AM PDT on May 18, 2010

I wish everyone would make up their minds about eggs!

4:05PM PDT on May 1, 2010

Interesting. Thanks, Melissa.

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