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4 Controversial Foods We Should NOT Avoid

We hear and read about certain foods being BAD for us all the time.  Should all wheat and gluten products be avoided?  Are fried foods bad for you?  Should eggs be included at every breakfast?  The list goes on and on with the media constantly reminding (and confusing) us that certain choices may lead to weight gain, poor health, risk for diabetes, etc.  Well here are four that may actually improve your overall health and trim the waistline at the same time.

  1. Gluten Products

The term gluten-free may be one of the biggest marketing successes of all time in the food industry.  Companies have developed gluten-free (and wheat-free) products in response to their labeling as something ’bad’.  However, unless you are part of the small percentage of people with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, why would you avoid gluten and wheat products all together?  They help keep blood sugar levels in check while slowing digestion due to their fiber content.  This is good for overall gut health and lowering cholesterol.  The takeaway: lower risk of diabetes and improvements in heart health.  Don’t believe the hype.

  1. Fruits

Many people fear the carbohydrate (sugar) content found in fruit.  However, they are actually lower in the glycemic index (a system that ranks foods based on their effects on blood sugar levels).  What does this mean?  High spikes in insulin (leading to weight gain) and then a corresponding crash in blood sugar and energy (commonly seen with refined carbs such as candy or soda) can be avoided.  Additionally fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants critical for cell repair, immune system function and disease prevention.  Don’t forget they’re low in calories, high in fiber and filled with water.  Combine them with a lean protein and some good fats….you have the perfect snack.

  1. Potatoes

This starchy food has been labeled as a contributor to poor health, obesity and an increased risk for diabetes.  However, should we target the potatoes, or everything else on the plate?  They are a great source of Vitamin C, potassium and other minerals critical for good health.  Purple potatoes contain a pigment that may lower cholesterol, therefore lowering the risk of heart disease.  At the end of the day there’s very little evidence linking potatoes to weight gain.  Instead, let’s take a closer look at the TYPE of potato (chips, fries, etc.) and also the condiments we tend to smother on them that create health problems.

  1. Whole Eggs

We’ve touched on this before and it’s one of the most controversial foods out there.  We’re told not to eat them due to high cholesterol that may lead to poor heart health.  However, eggs have NOT been linked to increased cholesterol levels.  Instead they’re linked to lower blood pressure, weight loss, brain health and vision!