7 harmful foods found to be beneficial
Popcorn Popcorn has long ceased to be a treat and has become an almost indispensable attribute of any movie show. This spoiled her reputation. To sell more, the cinema bars prepare corn with a huge amount of sugar and fat, which increases its caloric value at times. Have you seen the sizes of these portions? One large bucket can contain up to 1200 kilocalories (!), Which is slightly less than the daily recommended intake for women. In fact, popcorn in its original form, not spoiled by marketing, is quite a useful product. It has a lot of fiber, which helps to improve digestion, reduces blood sugar and ultimately helps not to gain excess weight. According to the American Health Association, popcorn lovers are 28% less likely to suffer from various gastrointestinal diseases, and recently it turned out that corn is also full of antioxidants. Thus, this seemingly enemy of health, not only cleanses the body, but also protects against cancer. By the way. On the "cinema" bucket with popcorn you will never find information about its composition and nutritional value. But such a marking is necessarily put on the packaging with popcorn for home cooking. This pleasure costs 8-10 times less, it takes 3-7 minutes to cook in the microwave or in a pan, plus you will know exactly how much salt, sugar and food additives you received.
Potato This root crop has long been banned by those who are afraid of extra pounds. It was believed that due to the high content of starch (which, in fact, is a glucose compound, i.e. sugar), the nutritional value of potatoes is almost equivalent to some kind of chocolate bar. It is full of carbohydrates, blood sugar rises quickly after a meal - from here there are more chances to get fat, and at the same time there is a risk of getting diabetes. But recently, nutritionists are more and more inclined to "justify" potatoes. There is an opinion, and he has a lot of supporters that starch in potatoes is actually very slowly processed by the body and therefore does not settle in the form of fats, but is consumed as energy. In this case, the blood sugar level rises and falls as gradually; it gives a feeling of satiety, and satiety, in turn, protects you from unnecessary snacks and extra calories. By the way. Calorie content of potatoes is relatively small: only 80 kcal per 100 grams. Therefore, on the basis of this product, its own mono-diet has already appeared. Important! In order not to get fat, eat as much as possible fresh potatoes. While it is lying (especially at low temperatures), the starch in the potato decomposes into glucose, and it will no longer be of any use.
Chocolate Sweets sweets are different. And chocolate to chocolate too. On the one hand, there is a lot of sugar and fat in it, on the other hand, these are vegetable fats, which means they are harmless, and even healthy for the heart. But the arguments for chocolate do not end there. The raw material for this product - cocoa butter - is full of substances that have a beneficial effect on many organs and systems of the body. For example, theobromine calms and heals nerves; a special kind of antioxidants protects the skin from premature aging; and the hormones serotonin and dopamine, the production of which is also affected by chocolate, regulate our mood and increase the efficiency of the brain. Some doctors even advise him as an antidepressant, and scientists from the University of Copenhagen assure that with the help of chocolate you can ... lose weight. According to their research, this product slows down digestion - if you eat a bite before dinner, in the end you will consume fewer calories and keep you feeling full longer. Important! Since the main benefit of chocolate lies in cocoa beans, it is worth consuming a product with the maximum content. Look for bitter chocolates (from 65% cocoa and above - this should be written on the packaging), as well as a product with an indication of the cocoa mass in the composition. In cocoa milk chocolate, only 20-35% and more animals - by no means useful - fats. There is no cocoa in white chocolate at all.
Coffee The dispute between coffee-drinkers and anti-coffeemans is akin to a fabulous battle between good and evil: periodically the advantage is sometimes on one or the other side, but the final point is unlikely to be set. However, recently the warring parties seem to be compromising. Some recognized that in some cases coffee really does harm, others agreed that not even the drink itself is harmful, but immoderation in its consumption. If the dose is observed (no more than 4 medium cups per day), you can: a) improve the cardiovascular system and prevent the development of hypertension and atherosclerosis, b) improve memory, the ability to concentrate and protect against senile dementia and Alzheimer's disease and c) lose weight ! Coffee speeds up the metabolism and slightly suppresses appetite, which in total gives an excellent dietary formula. Important! Coming to a cafe, many people think that a glass of coffee instead of a full breakfast or dessert will save them from extra calories. It is not always so. A minimum of calories is found only in ordinary black coffee without sugar (espresso or americana), but in latte, glace or a popular cappuccino, due to the addition of milk, syrups, sugar and ice cream, it can be from 300 to 600 kcal per serving.
Wine. Here, as with coffee, the main thing is moderation. Several studies at once proved the usefulness of regular, but by no means drunken alcohol consumption, both for health and for the figure. So, 1-1.5 glasses of red wine per day strengthen tooth enamel and protect against tooth decay. The same drink reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, degenerative diseases of the brain (dementia), and even breast cancer. And recently, British physiologists found that women who drink regularly and little by little are on average thinner than absolute teetotalers. By the way. Russian vodka is recognized as the most “hangover” alcoholic beverage - you will be surprised. The point, as it turned out, was not in the fortress, but in the preparation technology, since the symptoms of withdrawal symptoms appear due to flavors and fragrances, and not the alcohol itself.
Fat cheese and milk
Fat cheese and milk. They are not recommended not only to those who want to lose weight. Dairy, like any other animal fats, contribute to an increase in cholesterol, and therefore indirectly lead to the development of atherosclerosis and ultimately to heart attacks. But! This is true only if a person ALREADY has problems with the cardiovascular system, in particular, cholesterol is elevated. If you are confident in the health of your “motor”, cheese and milk will only benefit you, and yes - it’s fatty. Indeed, in dairy products there is a lot of calcium and vitamin B, and neither one nor the other is absorbed normally without a sufficient amount of fat. In addition, last year, scientists found that milk fat contains a substance called CLA. Paradoxically, it prevents the formation of fat deposits in the body, which means that the caloric the product, the less it will affect your figure. By the way. One of the most famous theorists of nutrition, Robert Atkins (author of the popular weight loss system named after him) also advised his patients to click on high-fat cheeses and yoghurts. The Atkins diet is based on minimal carbohydrate intake, while fats and proteins are allowed in fairly large quantities, and millions of fans have already confirmed the effectiveness of this system. Quickly lost weight according to Atkins and such Hollywood divas as Jerry Holliwell, Jennifer Enniston and Renee Zellweger.
Pasta Going on a diet, those who want to lose weight first of all forbid themselves sweet and flour. We figured out the nuances of choosing sweets, now about flour and its varieties. The most harmful flour products are any pastry and everything that is done with the addition of a large amount of margarine and premium wheat flour. Such a product contains a large number of trans fats harmful to the heart and solid digestible carbohydrates; and they are equivalent in effect to sugar. Whole grain bread and pasta are another matter. If the flour is made from whole grains (it is called peeled or wallpaper; it may also be indicated as “durum wheat”), it retains most of the vitamins and fiber, and most importantly, it gives not fast, but so-called slow carbohydrates, which gradually processed by the body, do not contribute to excess weight and do not increase the risk of developing diabetes. Moreover, brown bread and durum wheat pasta must be present in your diet. They supply B vitamins to the body, improve the digestive tract and, as a study at the University of London, have shown, prevent the formation of fat deposits in the waist. Important! The “newfound” benefit of pasta is not a reason to arrange a feast of the stomach in some Italian eatery. The pasta itself, of course, is useful, but all kinds of sauces prepared on the basis of butter, fat cream, bacon, etc., increase the nutritional value of pasta dinner by 2, or even 3 times. And these extra calories by themselves will not go anywhere.