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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?

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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.

Anonymous

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!

Anonymous

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?

Anonymous

04/24/2010 - 12:16am

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

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

04/19/2010 - 4:42pm

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

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

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!

Anonymous

04/17/2010 - 3:35pm

GOOD

Anonymous

04/17/2010 - 3:49am

Everyday we are bombarded with information about what to eat or not eat. First sweet potatoes were
too high in sugar, now they are a miracle food. Same with avocados, too much fat, but alas it is
good fat(years ago fat was bad not good). All I can say is eat what you want in moderation. A cup
of yogurt, ice cream, a peice of cake, slice of pie. Use more fruits in your desserts. Eat tuna salads
with spinach, kale and romaine lettuce. When you try to cut out a food group, you crave it even more.
Eat a certain amount and enjoy it, stop the guilt and confusion. Be sensible and better to eat a piece
of chocolate, then 10 carrots you don't like or want.

Anonymous

04/16/2010 - 8:52pm

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