We are talking about 11 foods that are not bad, although for a long time we have been led to believe that they are not good for our health.
Those who know about nutrition, on the one hand tell us that we have to eat everything, but then others arrive, who also say they know about nutrition and tell us not to eat this because it has "I don't know what", that we don't eat anything else because "I don't know what else" ... and the list of things that we should not eat ends up being so long that one does not even know what to eat.
The saddest thing is that many times, the arguments that are put forward to stop consuming some foods - or to start consuming others, which are all there - lack rigor and seem like mere marketing campaigns in order to enhance the consumption of one or other product.
And we are going to talk about that today, about 11 foods that are not bad but that we have recently gotten tired of reading that are not good for health and there is no scientific basis for such a claim.
11 foods that are not bad even if you think they are
The fashion is to stop eating cereals with gluten, because as some celebrities have embraced the gluten-free diet as if it were a religion and shout to the four winds how good they feel without taking this protein, there are already a legion of followers of the idea, that they strive to eliminate gluten from their life
The reality is that, unless you are celiac, taking gluten is not a problem for your body. That you have stopped taking gluten and now you feel better? Well, sure you do, you feel better, but not because you stop eating gluten, but because you will have stopped eating white breads and you will have reduced your intake of refined carbohydrates considerably.
Even some doctors continue to limit the consumption of eggs to patients with high cholesterol, for the false belief that the cholesterol present in the egg will automatically settle in our veins and arteries as soon as we eat the egg.
But no, although it is true that eggs have a considerable amount of cholesterol, their consumption does not raise the amount of cholesterol in our blood.
An adult and healthy person can consume 400 mg of caffeine a day without posing any risk to their health and a medium-sized cup of coffee usually contains between 90 and 120 mg of caffeine, so drinking two or three coffees a day, as far as caffeine is concerned, it is not dangerous.
Even excluding sugary drinks, which it is true that they are not the best friends of our health, carbonated or carbonated drinks -including sparkling water- also do not enjoy good press, since they are "accused" of causing kidney stones, dissolving calcium from bones and damage tooth enamel.
The reality is that there is no scientific evidence that bubbles cause such damage, which yes, you have to be careful with the rest of the drink's ingredients, such as sugars or excessive sweeteners.
Fat from avocados and other foods
We also get tired of hearing that avocados, as they have fat, make them fatter or that we should avoid olive oil because it is fat.
True, both are fatty foods, and it may seem logical that their consumption leads to weight gain, but the reality is that they are healthy fats whose consumption in adequate amounts not only provides benefits to our body but is also recommended in diets to lose weight.
The false myth says that cheese can cause as much addiction as drugs and is due to an erroneous conclusion of a study at the University of Michigan in which participants were asked which foods on a list were more difficult to stop eating or eat moderately, the majority response was pizza, and as a result they deduced that it was because of the cheese. But neither the study was very serious, nor the results very credible.
Rivers of ink have been written saying that artificial sweeteners like sucralose, aspartame or saccharin are carcinogenic.
But the truth is that to date none of the studies carried out by the food safety agencies of different countries have been able to demonstrate the veracity of these statements, which is why these substances are considered safe.
On the fact that genetically modified foods cause cancer and destroy the environment, his own has also been written and the subject has given rise to many media discussions.
What is certain is that science has yet to find the evidence that this is true.
Salt is said to cause weight gain and cause heart problems. The truth is that nowadays scientific studies about whether the consumption of salt in moderation has effects on our health are confusing, although a study carried out in 2011 in which the data from 7 previous studies were analyzed came to the conclusion that reduced salt intake was not linked to a decreased risk of heart attack or stroke, even among hypertensive subjects who participated in the study.
The myth is that all carbohydrates are fattening, the reality is that we should only eliminate those that are processed and refined, such as white bread, white pasta and white rice, but unrefined complex carbohydrates are a good source of energy for our organism.
Fish has a lot of mercury and therefore should not be eaten. It is true that some large predatory fish such as shark or swordfish can accumulate higher amounts of mercury and its consumption should be avoided, but in small fish such as salmon, trout, sardines, mackerel, hake, cod, Horse mackerel, anchovies, etc. Mercury is not a problem and can be consumed two or three times a week without any problem.
"Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid," Joanna advises. "Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin's ability to hold onto moisture." And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index (simple and complex carbohydrates).