We've all seen those lists that circulate on healthy-eating websites or inside the pages of fitness magazines—the lists that tell you which foods are good and which are bad. Invariably, the food item you can't possibly live without always seems to end up on the wrong side of that divider. While processed nacho cheese will likely never make it over to the good side, we can dispel the myths about at least some of the foods that have been deemed unhealthy. Here, we reveal the truth, courtesy of Recipe for Deception (airing Thursdays at 10/9c).
1. White Rice
White rice is no longer the enemy! Sure, it's more processed than brown rice and has a higher glycemic index, but it's also enriched with nutrients that boost red blood cells, which may help prevent neurological disease and some cancers. Brown rice, on the other hand, has an extra bran layer that blocks the absorption of said nutrients.
2. Egg Yolks
If there's one food rumor that needs to stop, it's the one that says egg yolks are bad. While many people still believe that yolks cause heart disease, it just isn't so (that side of bacon, on the other hand...). Yolks contain essential minerals, vitamins and fatty acids, which can reduce the rise of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Added bonus: They're packed with protein.
3. Frozen Vegetables
You don't have to buy fresh veggies to benefit from their nutrients. In fact, frozen veggies usually contain more nutrients per serving than fresh, since vegetables are frozen at their peak point of freshness. Without being frozen, vegetables lose nutrients every day they're kept in the refrigerator or on a grocery-store shelf.
4. Red Meat
Red meat has been said to cause heart disease and cancer, but it's really only processed meats that should be avoided (kiss those hotdogs goodbye!). Grass-feed organic red meat is the better way to go, and when you're out at a restaurant, go for lean meats like sirloin tips, pork loin or lamb shanks.
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