10 Foods That Are Healthier Than We Think

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A moderate portion of pasta is very low in fat, has a low glycemic index, and can help you stay fuller, longer.

Once upon a time, we could eat whatever we wanted. We’d wander around looking for fruits, vegetables, nuts, and the like, and sometimes we’d kill an animal and eat that, too. Then we started planting food and raising animals just so they could be turned into food, and it was good. We ate because we had to, and it was natural and from the Earth and all that good stuff, and nobody was fat because we were running around all day and nobody was able to eat enough food to really pack on the pounds.

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Fast-forward to the 20th century, and you have a completely different situation. Food is everywhere, as much as we want, and people have to force themselves to exercise after sitting at a desk all day. Suddenly, foods that had been eaten by seemingly healthy people for thousands of years were bad for you, and had to be avoided at all costs. They’re too high in fat and calories, salt, and sugar, we are told. And while too much of anything will be bad for you, there are a lot of foods out there that we still believe even a little bit of is terrible for us, even though that’s really not the case. We’ve rounded up 10 of them.


Now don’t get us wrong, there are still plenty of foods out there that are unhealthy. Nobody’s ever going to convince anyone that donuts, McNuggets, or Snickers bars are good for you. But many of the foods that we’ve been trained to believe are bad for us are perfectly acceptable, nutritious, and wholesome. It’s just an issue of moderation. So read on to learn about 10 food items that are healthier for you than you might think.