Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Forbidden Foods Go Healthy

We now live in a world of kale ubiquity – kale salads, kale chips, kale smoothies, kale pesto, etc.  Consequently, all the 2015 Hottest Food & Beverage Trends lists disclosed their predictions for life beyond kale, the next generation of superfoods.  Surprise!  Some forbidden foods have gone healthy.

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According to the Oxford Dictionary superfood is a “nutrient-rich food considered to be beneficial for health and well-being.”  Some medical researchers claim superfoods is a marketing ploy.  Others claim that nutrition research is an ongoing process and scientists need time to search out the different components in food.  Below is a list of my three favorite forbidden foods that have gone healthy:

1.    Cheese – Definitely fat city, but medical research indicates cheese contains CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) an anti-oxidant that helps protect against heart disease because of its anti-inflammatory effects.  Downside: An ounce of cheese, which can range from 50 to 100 calories depending on the variety, is about the size of four dice.  Let’s not forget the copious amount of wine most people consume while eating some good cheese.

2.    Chocolate Milk – Long considered a no-no because it contains added sugar and extra calories if you consume regular milk.  However, recent research suggests that chocolate milk aids in post-workout recovery within one hour – four key ingredients (protein, carbs, fluids and electrolytes) that facilitate muscle repair.  Downside: What if you don’t workout?

3.    Peanut Butter – Portion control has always been an issue with peanut butter since it is categorized as a spread, thus high in fat content and calories per serving (two tablespoons).  However, nutrition experts now recognize that peanut butter contains heart healthy non-artery-clogging fats – monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.  In addition, a 2014 medical study (British Journal of Nutrition) revealed that peanut butter may improve blood sugar regulation.  Downside: Finger dipping. 

Eureka!  Life beyond kale; forbidden foods!

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