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Foods that are surprisingly good for you

We love food just as much as we love our family. It can be hard to stay healthy amidst all the delicious goodies that surround us. When we found out the health benefits of these favorites, we just had to share them! It makes us feel more like a healthy girl when the foods we love are actually good for us! Read on to learn our fave surprising healthy foods.

Avocados

People are always talking about how avocado is a very fatty food. What they won’t tell you though is that the kind of fat in avocados is actually good fat that can help absorb the antioxidants that avocados contain.

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Potassium is an important mineral that most people don’t get enough of. Avocados are very high in potassium, which should support healthy blood pressure levels.

Avocados and avocado oil are high in monounsaturated oleic acid, a “heart healthy” fatty acid that is believed to be one of the main reasons for the health benefits of olive oil.

Avocados tend to be high in fiber, about 7% by weight, which is very high compared to most other foods. Fiber can have various important benefits for weight loss and metabolic health.

Numerous studies have shown that eating avocado can improve heart disease risk factors like Total, LDL and HDL cholesterol, as well as blood triglycerides.

One dietary survey found that people who ate avocados had a much higher nutrient intake and had a lower risk of metabolic syndrome.

Studies have shown that eating avocado or avocado oil with veggies can dramatically increase the amount of antioxidants you take in.

Avocados are high in antioxidants, including Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These nutrients are very important for eye health and lower the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

Some studies in isolated cells have shown that nutrients in avocados may have benefits in preventing prostate cancer, and lowering side effects of chemotherapy in some cells.

Studies have shown that an extract from avocado and soybean oils can significantly reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Butter

Ok ok hear us out. We know butter is the sin of all sins when it comes to healthy foods, but what we learned shocked us! Butter is rich in fat-soluble vitamins and fatty acids. These are surprisingly good health benefits, so don’t be too scared of real butter.

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Butter contains a lot of fat-soluble vitamins. Grass-fed butter is particularly rich in Vitamin K2, which can have powerful health benefits.

New studies show that there is no association between saturated fat and heart disease. Butter contains short- and medium chain fats.

Margarine raises heart attack risk, while natural butter does not. Grass-fed butter may even reduce heart attack risk due to the high Vitamin K2 content.

Butter is an excellent source of the 4-carbon fatty acid butyrate, which can have various health benefits.

Grass-fed butter contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) which has been shown to improve body composition in several studies.

Coffee

Our coffee addicts will love this one! Did you know that a coffee a day might actually increase your lifespan? Coffee on it’s own is extremely high in antioxidants. Don’t get too caught up in riding the coffee wave because more than one cup a day might cause negative symptoms like increasing your high rate causing anxiety.

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Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, which leads to a stimulant effect. This improves energy levels, mood and various aspects of brain function.

Several studies show that caffeine can increase fat burning in the body and boost the metabolic rate.

Caffeine can increase adrenaline levels and release fatty acids from the fat tissues. It also leads to significant improvements in physical performance.

Coffee contains several important nutrients, including Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin.

Several observational studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of getting type II diabetes, a serious disease that currently afflicts about 300 million people worldwide.

Coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease, which is a leading cause of dementia worldwide.

Coffee drinkers have up to a 60% lower risk of getting Parkinson’s disease, the second most common neurodegenerative disorder.

Coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of developing cirrhosis, which can be caused by several diseases that affect the liver.

Coffee appears to lower the risk of developing depression and may dramatically reduce the risk of suicide.

Liver and colorectal cancer are the 3rd and 4th leading causes of cancer death worldwide. Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of both.

Coffee may cause mild increases in blood pressure, which usually diminish over time. Coffee drinkers do not have an increased risk of heart disease, but a slightly lower risk of stroke.

Several studies show that coffee drinkers live longer and have a lower risk of premature death.

Bread

We love carbs! We’ve been taught that bread is the devil, however a good whole wheat bread is packed with a bunch of overlooked nutrients. Some of these benefits include protein, fiber, B vitamins, and antioxidants. So next time you’re feeling the craving for bread, reach for the whole wheat stuff and it’ll actually be good for you!

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