You may be familiar with the phrase that implies if you don’t like the weather, just stick around long enough and it will change. Sometimes this can also be said of medical, health, and nutrition advice. As scientists strive to determine the ingredients necessary for good health, they sometimes make discoveries that contradict previous evidence. Such is the case for these 11 foods. You should exercise control and moderation in any diet plan. However, these are foods that at one time were thought to be harmful to your health, and yet now can be consumed as part of a healthy diet.
Bread, and the carbohydrates it contains, has been shunned as a food that provides excess calories with few nutrients. In this case, the health benefits of bread depend on the ingredients it contains. Breads made from highly processed, nutrient-deficient white flour provide empty calories and excess carbs. However, breads composed of whole grains deliver fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Additionally, sourdough bread is a white bread with a lower glycemic index than typical white breads. University Health News reports that sourdough bread is less likely than white bread to cause spikes in blood glucose levels.
Chocolate has often been lumped in with sugary candies, pastries, and desserts as being bad for your health. However, indulging in an occasional treat of dark chocolate may actually be good for your body. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, which help protect your body against cellular damage. Although the effects are mild, the flavanols in dark chocolate may help lower blood pressure. The best benefit of all may just be the sheer pleasure of allowing chocolate to melt on your tongue.