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6 Supposedly “Unhealthy” Foods That Are Actually Healthy

by Kingsley Nzeadibe

Over the years, eggs, MSG, and other foods have been wrongly criticized.

Scientific understanding is always changing and, in an ideal world, self-correcting. The domain of nutrition science is one of the best examples of this. Diet experts and academics, for example, have already declared the dangers of ingesting more than a little amount of fat, regardless of kind; the same can be said of cholesterol. Things are more complicated nowadays, though. Low-fat diets are no longer considered the be-all and end-all of healthy eating, especially since some types of fats, such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, appear to maintain our levels of “good” and “bad” cholesterol in control. While it is still recommended that those at risk of cardiovascular disease limit their intake of cholesterol-rich meals, it is no longer believed that simply consuming these foods will cause our blood cholesterol to skyrocket. As the adage goes, everything in moderation.

Aside from broad shifts in dietary advice, the scientific opinion on specific items has evolved on occasion. So here are six items that have been incorrectly branded as “unhealthy” over time.

The anti-cholesterol craze took the brunt of its toll on eggs, particularly egg yolk. Too much cholesterol in our system, especially low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, can be harmful because it increases the risk of plaque forming in our arteries, which can lead to heart attacks and other forms of cardiovascular disease. However, most studies have indicated that eating these meals has little, if any, effect on our cholesterol levels in our bodies. Some experts believe that eating too much egg yolk can raise cholesterol, therefore this dispute may not be completely resolved. For the time being, however, current dietary guidelines do not set a clear limit on how much cholesterol people should eat at supper.

Potatoes are a dietary mainstay, but due to how the body breaks them down, this carb-rich meal has been vilified as unhealthy at times. Because potatoes’ carbs are quickly absorbed, they have a faster effect on rising blood sugar levels, which is known as a high glycemic index. Foods with a high glycemic index, according to some nutritional scientists, are intrinsically less healthful and can contribute to obesity and other health concerns. However, it’s still debatable whether the glycemic index is a good rule of thumb for the ordinary person’s diet, and more recent research has found that potatoes aren’t necessarily less satisfying than other carbs, nor do they cause premature death.

However, while potatoes in general aren’t bad, frying them in a deep fryer isn’t the healthiest method to consume them. You can also include some non-starchy carbs in your diet at any time.
MSG, or monosodium glutamate, is a flavor enhancer widely found in processed foods, particularly Chinese takeout, and is also found naturally in tomatoes and cheese. It was formed from a popular seaweed broth in Japan around the turn of the century, and it’s intended to give dishes a more umami, or meaty, flavor.

It is now manufactured by fermenting beets and other vegetables, as it was in the nineteenth century. Unlike some of the other items on the list, the general public has vilified MSG more than scientists.

Some claim to be allergic to MSG and have had headaches, nausea, chest discomfort, and other symptoms after eating meals containing the substance, coining the term “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome.” These concerns grew so widespread in the 1990s that the Food and Drug Administration launched an investigation into the issue. However, there was no indication of a relationship between MSG and disease, according to the report.

Following examinations by the World Health Organization and others, no smoking gun was discovered. MSG is still largely deemed safe to ingest, although advocates have demanded that the term “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” be removed from the language entirely. Although it’s theoretically feasible that some people are hypersensitive to MSG, the amount of MSG required to elicit even minor symptoms in the average person is estimated to be many times more than what’s found in a regular meal.

Sure, every celebrity and athlete in America has encouraged us to Get Milk for decades. But we’re talking about whole milk here, which has long been thought to be inferior to low-fat, skim, and plant-based milk alternatives. This is due to the fact that whole milk has more saturated fats.

This may increase our LDL cholesterol levels and consequently our risk of chronic disease. However, like with dietary cholesterol, the supposed significance of saturated fats in our diet has recently been called into doubt. Even though we’re still urged to limit our intake of these fats, whole milk isn’t the villain it previously was, thanks to its abundance of other undeniably beneficial elements.

Recent research suggests that whole milk is more nutritious than other plant-based milks, that it is just as beneficial for kids as low-fat milk, and that it may even help adults and children avoid weight gain.
This is more of a popular misperception than a scientific assertion. However, the argument goes that freezing or unfreezing frozen fruits and vegetables removes some of the valuable nutrients they contain, so the fresh form is always preferable. In fact, multiple studies have proved that frozen (and canned) fruits and vegetables contain the same quantity of nutrients as fresh fruits and vegetables. Because some fruits and vegetables go bad quickly after being collected and stored at home, there’s even evidence that freezing them instead of keeping them fresh makes them more healthy.
Every other week, scientists change their minds about the benefits and drawbacks of coffee, according to a running joke. While this may have been true in the past, the conclusion is now clear: Coffee isn’t always harmful for you. Regular coffee use may even offer some health benefits, such as lowering the risk of heart failure, however further research is needed to validate any positive links. Due to the stimulant caffeine, coffee may exacerbate anxiety in certain people. A cup or two of joe a day won’t hurt the ordinary joe.

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