Flip Flopping Foods – Are These Safe for Dieters?
There are a lot of foods that flip back and forth in the public eye between healthy and unhealthy. Is it good for you or will it make you fat and lead to an early grave? The answer often comes down to which year the question is being asked. How many times have you heard that butter is good for you and margarine is healthy or the other way around? Then how many times did you hear the exact opposite of that claim?
What it comes down to is examining what about each food is considered good or bad. There is value to be had in almost any kind of food, and it just takes the proper kind of diet to incorporate it.
Is Butter Good For Weight Loss?
We mentioned butter just now, so it’s only right to start out with it. You have probably heard how fattening butter is if you have done much dieting research, but what you may not have read is that butter is quite good for you.
Yes, butter is fattening. But it contains very healthy fats. These are not the same kinds of fats you find in fried chicken or cheese curls. This is fat that is easily broken down by your body and used to help keep your bodily system healthy. Butter is actually rich in Vitamins A and D, selenium, iodine, Arachidonic Acid (which helps brain functions), antioxidants and lecithin.
Basically, butter is packed fully of all sorts of healthy things your body can use. You may get those from other sources, but butter is easy for your body to break down and get vitamins from right away. Margarine is not the healthy example it was once made out to be. In fact, it is much worse for you. You can use soy butter as a healthy alternative, but you will be missing on out a bunch of the health benefits of butter.
Let’s put it this way – butter is not a good way to lose weight, but it is great for your health, and you don’t want to exclude it from your diet just because of its fat content.
Is Red Meat Good For You?
This one is a similar case to butter. It contains a lot of fat, and is actually one of the fattiest meats you can eat. That’s why most dieters avoid red meat entirely, opting to replace it with fish or poultry. Those are healthier choices, but they don’t contain quite as much protein and healthy fat. Keep in mind that you need at least a little fat in your diet, as it serves as an excellent source of energy.
Red meat is good because it provides that plentifully, but it needs to be eaten in moderation. It is chocked full of protein and fat (both healthy and unhealthy), but eating it regularly is a bit much for most diets where the dieter is trying to lose weight.
You don’t need to exclude red meat entirely from your diet, but you do need to realise the effect it can have. Like all foods, there is some value to be had in it and it can still be a part of your diet, just not a common part.
Are Eggs Good For A Diet?
Now here is a contentious one. Back in the 80s, eggs were called “the incredible, edible treat. They were marketed much like the “got milk” commercials common in the 90s and early aughts. They were praised for their nutritional value, but public opinion seemed to turn on them during the diet crazes of the late nineties and ever since then.
Most people understand that eggs are good for them, but they have likely also heard that they are fattening. With eggs though, there are so many ways to prepare them that the fat content can be made minimal. In many cases, where eggs are very unhealthy, it is because they are cooked or fried in oil. It is the oil that ends up increasing the fat content dramatically.
Eggs can be baked without oil, eating hard boiled or in many other ways that are extremely healthy. And they are quite healthy, because they are filled with even more vitamins than butter. Just about every vitamin you can think of is found in eggs – A, B2, B12, B5, D and E- along with selenium, iron, iodine and folic acid.