Eat These 7 'Unhealthy' Foods
They can actually be good for you: Katherine Tallmadge
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2013 11:40 AM CDT
If you religiously stay away from eggs (cholesterol!), wheat (gluten!), potatoes (weight gain!), and the like, dietitian and author Katherine Tallmadge has good news for you. On LiveScience, she outlines...   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – If you religiously stay away from eggs (cholesterol!), wheat (gluten!), potatoes (carbs!), and the like, dietitian and author Katherine Tallmadge has good news for you. On LiveScience, she outlines seven foods typically seen as "bad" that, in her opinion, you should actually be eating:

  • Eggs: Consider this: The Japanese eat lots of eggs, but still have low cholesterol and low rates of heart disease, because they don't eat their eggs alongside the sausage, bacon, and toast with butter that Americans do. One egg a day will barely raise your cholesterol, says one expert, and eggs have other health benefits that counteract that effect.
  • Wheat: Unless you know for sure you're sensitive to gluten, there's no reason to avoid such healthy foods as whole wheat, rye, and barley. All of the above are linked to a lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, among other things, and wheat has tons of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

  • Potatoes: You know that recent study that found potato consumption was linked to being overweight? Well, it included things like potato chips and french fries. Stick with the less fattening versions—and don't eat them alongside the typical burgers, dogs, and sodas—and you'll reap the benefits of the potassium, vitamin C, and fiber they contain.
  • Fried foods: Yes, really. Frying food does add calories, but if it's fried in healthy oil and as long as you don't eat a bunch of it, it's not unhealthy. And sometimes, eating fat alongside healthy foods helps the body to absorb all the vitamins and minerals.
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nati
Jul 24, 2013 12:33 AM CDT
not exactly true, when you talk about gluten, because some people are either gluten intolerant or sensitive and either they'd suffer greatly physically by eating gluten rich foods, or they'd feel healthy or better by avoiding gluten entirely. it is that simple, not a choice sometimes to some people but a must to maintain good health. for those suffering no gluten sensitive, it's ok not to avoid gluten, but still it doesn't mean that breads, pizzas, bagels etc. are healthy foods, not just because of wheat, but the ingredients they put into those which are mostly bad for you. if you want to get a clue about this, then cut all wheat or gluten related foods from your diet for a month, and see what difference it would make for your health.
crankydude
Jul 7, 2013 8:44 AM CDT
It is not "healthy" and "unhealthy" but "healthful" and "unhealthful". You have plenty company on that. I think there is not a simple causal link between dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol. At times in my life I have consumed huge overdoses; and currently I include eggs as desired; and yet my labs have always been within normal limits. The advice may be reasonable but the suggestion of direct causation without other factors invites my scrutiny. I also think that across the board advice on diet and nutrition is brigaded by hidden agendas and special interest: farmers; grocers; truckers; theologians; "health groups"; columnists; publishers; gurus; even know-it-alls, etc. They all have vested stakes in our decisions and choices. That does not tell us what to believe but it makes it wise to examine and study information more closely with a view to alternate hypotheses.
Riffran
Jul 6, 2013 4:17 PM CDT
I miss potatoes......we do "fauxtatoes" cauliflower mashed with parmesan, a little cream cheese, garlic and a bit of butter..not bad really..but sometimes a good ole smothered steak with gravy and potatoes is just damn tasty