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“Bad” Foods with Health Benefits

Posted on: January 30th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Many of us stay away from our favorite foods because they have a reputation for being “bad” or unhealthy for us. Being constantly bombarded by nutritional information, it’s often hard to cut through the clutter for a clear answer on which seemingly unhealthy foods are actually not so bad when balanced with an overall healthy lifestyle.Bad Foods with Health Benefits

Dr. Josh Sandell of Orthology, a world-class solution for rapid recovery from physical injuries and chronic pain, is bringing attention to several foods that, when consumed in moderation and with regular exercise, have multiple health benefits.

Bad Foods with Health BenefitsChocolate: The cacao bean, which is what chocolate is derived from, is full of theobromine and flavonoids, an antioxidant known to help improve heart health and shield cells from negative effects of aging

Bad Foods with Health Benefits_BeefBeef: When shopping for beef, opt for a lean beef option at your local grocery store. Beef provides a mass amount of vitamins and minerals including B-vitamins, iron and protein.

Bad foods with health benefits-peanut butterPeanut Butter: Peanuts are high in protein and provide a good dose of potassium, which lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. It’s important to note that choosing natural or organic peanut butter is much healthier option.

Bad Foods with Health Benefits-CoffeeCoffee:  Coffee can help to reduce the possibility of premature death by lowering the chance of cardiovascular disease and systemic inflammation, not to mention increasing cognitive function and mood.

Bad Foods with Health Benefits-PotatoesPotatoes: Potatoes are loaded with important nutrients like Vitamin C, potassium and magnesium which can aid in stabilizing blood pressure. When preparing potatoes, choose a healthy method like baking, and don’t over do it with salt and other fixings.

Balance is crucial to implementing a successful approach to healthy eating. When certain foods are consumed in moderation and paired with consistent exercise, it creates a more balanced lifestyle. By taking a deeper look into these foods that have long been associated with negative thoughts, we are able to uncover numerous health benefits.

*This article was provided by Dr. Josh Sandell of Orthology.*

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About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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