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5 “bad” foods you should be eating

By Nicci Micco, February 22, 2010 - 11:25am

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Nicci asks: What food myth have you bought into?


I like peanut butter so its one of the so-called "no no" foods that I eat regularly. I like popcorn too, but unfortunately I like the dripping with butter variety and its hard for me to regularly eat the "diet" kind.


04/28/2010 - 1:10pm

When trying to lose weight, I was told to avoid "white" foods. Potatoes are in that category. Finding out that the oil is a good accompaniment I will feel good about using olive oil butter substitutes on my potatoes. I love baked potatoes.I scrub them well, poke with a fork, rub with butter and bake 400 for as long as it takes, usually 45 minutes. They are crusty and chewy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside. Not your microwave potato which is simply steamed. Mrs Tierney.


04/25/2010 - 9:17pm

Lots - but gave up believing all the hype a long time ago! You see... my Dad, who had a great amount of willpower, gave up all the foods he loved - among them, scrambled eggs, and an occasional piece of cheesecake, all because his doctor said it was "good" for him. At the time, all the "myths" had eggs relegated to the "bad - flavor of the month" list, along with coffee. Butter, had been deemed "bad" too, and replaced with "margarine". Now, they're all back on the "good" list, and we know butter is better than margarine. Too late for my Dad - he ended up dying at the relatively early age of 68! Then, after he died, all the news switched - all of a sudden, eggs were okay for you. My grandmother, on the other hand, lived into her 90's and ate everything - butter, gravies, cake - but also veggies, meat & potatoes. Her key - balance and moderation. You can have the things you love, just not ALL the time. Eat sensibly, cut back on sugar & salt, and get back to "regular" portions. We've all gotten into this "super size" mentality, which I think has stoked a feeling of not feeling "full" unless we have tons of food. We just eat & eat & eat until the food is gone - not until we actually feel full. Even enough of a good thing can be bad for you!


04/24/2010 - 1:10am

I am afraid of most food because I read too much and remember all the bad stories. I am afraid of everything that ever caused salmonella poisoning, including lettuce, spinach, eggs, chicken, peanuts, almonds, pistachios, wooden cutting boards, etc. I am afraid of where the meat comes from after seeing Food Inc. as well as eggs...Sugar Blues written in about the 70's makes me fear sugar, caffeine, and anything processed including mayonnaise. I am afraid of corn syrup and related products in almost everything. I am afraid of raw foods now because of the wild pigs and runnoff from animal lots. I hear a lot of bad things about sprouts. Milk products have hormones and pasteurization ruins the product they say. I fear tuna and fish because of mercury and canned products have too much salt. Canning practices make me nervous because of the bpa's in the plastic lining of some cans. Bulk food scares me because they found unsanitary practices by customers contaminating bins. Apple juice had e.coli in it from Odwalla and burgers had it too. I am afraid of just about all food because of all the stories on the news and media. I will probably get sick from poor nutrition because I am afraid of all this stuff and only eat when I get hungry enough to ignore it all and don't plan meals, just eat after I get really hungry. It's sick, right?


04/24/2010 - 12:16am

Food myth: that pasta is a high glycemic food - and spaghetti with marinara sauce is fattening! It's *vegetables*!


04/22/2010 - 9:27pm

I completely bought into the potato thing. Had a friend one time who would literally harass me about potatoes vs. rice. I kept telling her that white rice has little nutritional value and that at least potatoes, prepared simply, have fiber and vitamins. Interestingly, her vision of a "healthy" side was a casserole she made with white rice and velveeta processed cheese. I could never get past the so-called cheese either. That stuff is terrible for you! But since she's thin and I'm not I was told I didn't know what I was talking about. So, I guess what I'm trying to say is thanks for the info to back up what seemed logical to my mind.


04/19/2010 - 4:42pm

I've heard that yams are much better for you than sweet potaoes. miss wings


04/18/2010 - 8:27pm

I never ate butter because of its reputation. I ate margarine or (even worse) diet margarine which wouldn't even melt. I now use butter in moderation in cooking and spread on whole wheat toast because it's REAL food.


04/18/2010 - 3:34pm

Butter! I never allowed myself to indulge thinking it was bad for you and would make you fat. Since re-thinking that myth I have noticed it helps lift depression, calm my mind, my skin looks better and I feel healthier oddly enough. I stick with whole organic butter to avoid articicial ingredients and hormones.

I won't ever deprive myself again of this little luxury in life!


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