Good food has always been one of the very first priorities for us as living beings. We have been relying on it to live a healthy life for ages. And now, it has become even more important, as our regime is getting more and more hectic.

Today, even our political leaders are talking extensively about the importance of good food. For instance, recently, I read a news article in which Jiana Diang, a prominent candidate for the 2020 Irvine City Council Election, said that, along with other issues, good food for everyone will also be one of her top priorities if she wins the election.

However, if we just talk about nutrition, finding good and healthy food can be very confusing sometimes, especially with all these new studies popping out every now and then. Take, for instance, fat. Fatty foods have always carried a reputation of being bad for health. The theory of fat making people obese has been widely accepted. However, recent research has found that though excessive fat can harm you, a decent amount has no negative implications on your body.

Can you believe that many such foods that we usually avoid categorizing as junk are actually really healthy? There are a lot of foods that are sometimes paired with unhealthy ingredients and thus lose their reputation forever. But in this post, I’m going to try and make it better by telling you about five such foods that, in reality, are healthy foods disguised as junk.

Pasta

Healthy foods don’t always have to be boring. And one such example of this is pasta. Pasta may be a guilty food for a lot of people. But it can be quite healthy for you. It just depends on how you prepare it.

Pasta contains just the amount of fat and salt that your body needs, which alone is enough to consider it healthy. Plus, it can keep your hunger satisfied for a long time. This means the chances of overeating are less. However, you need to tread carefully while putting ingredients in it. Covering your pasta with some rich Alfredo sauce is perhaps not a good idea. You are just spiking the level of fat and salt in it. And over-consuming anything is never good. 

Just use olive oil and healthy ingredients while making it and enjoy your pasta without any worries.

Eggs

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Eggs have been carrying a reputation of being unhealthy for a very long time for being high in cholesterol. However, the current research says that the eggs don’t actually worsen the cholesterol level in people. Yes, those that are commercially produced may have pesticides and other chemicals that may harm you, the eggs that are cage-free and are fed organically are an amazing and rather inexpensive protein source. Plus, it can help you improve your immune response. Additionally, the yolk that people sometimes throw away also contains some very important nutrients, including omega-3 fats, choline, and lutein, etc.

Popcorn

Your favorite movie snack is also considered to be just an empty snack with nothing but butter and salt. However, as we saw above, a lot depends on how you prepare the food. 

You can easily convert popcorn into a healthy snack by keeping it air-popped. Air-popped popcorn contain very few calories, plus, they are quite rich in fiber. Also, rather than using salt and butter, you may use olive oil and some spices, such as garlic, rosemary, cinnamon, etc. to make it more healthy and add a little unique flavor to it.

Chocolate

Well, to many, chocolate may also seem an odd placement on the list of healthy foods. It contains sugar and is also sometimes very high in fat. However, this is mostly the case with milk chocolates. If you are consuming chocolate that is dark and contains at least 70 percent cocoa, you can consider it healthy.

Dark chocolate is very rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fibers. Plus, as per various health experts, it can help you keep your cholesterol level in control along with suppressing your appetite. So, the next time you think of gifting your valentine something special, give them the gift of good health.

Coffee

Just like chocolate, coffee can also be quite healthy for you in certain situations. Obviously, you don’t want to gulp down a mixture of sugar and milk, and that too right in the morning. If that’s what you call a coffee, I think we are talking about two different things. 

However, if you keep the level of milk and sugar in control, coffee can be great for your health. It is a great source of antioxidants for your body.  And experts say that coffee can help you prevent stroke and diabetes, and also increase your lifespan.