Are These Health Foods Good For You?

avocadoPeople are bombarded with suggestions on what foods are healthy, what they need more of in their diet and even superfoods that they dare not go one more minute without. Many of these foods are actually good for you, but many of the more trendy health foods may be anything but healthy. Keep reading to find out what health foods may actually not be so healthy.

Acai

If you pay attention, you’ll notice a lot of foods with this berry added in order to give it a nutritional kick – but does it pass the health test? This fruit actually does have more antioxidants than blueberries or pomegranates but it also is packed full of calories and sugar. A 100 gram serving of this berry has 247 calories! So, you really have to watch out.

Dark Chocolate

So many people celebrated when it came out that dark chocolate has health benefits because it’s chocolate! Not to mention the flavonols in dark chocolate help to reduce free radicals that damage your cells. You have to remember at the end of the day that dark chocolate is still chocolate and too much of a good thing can be bad. It’s OK to indulge, but keep the portions under control.

Chia Seeds

Gone are the days of chia seeds only being used on chia pets. Chia seeds are quite popular these days as a source of fiber, antioxidants, and omega-3 fats. Not to mention they’re easy to slip into our favorite dishes. The issue is that just two tablespoons of chia seeds have 120 calories, most of which are from fat. Sure, it’s a healthy fat but those calories can still add up.

Avocados

Avocados are pretty awesome, packed with nutrients and healthy fats – but they’re also packed with calories. Just one medium avocado has around 230 calories. So, just because it’s healthy and natural doesn’t mean you have free reign to add as much as you want to your food without consequence.

Coconut Oil

Move over vegetable oil! Coconut oil has become incredibly popular and for good reason. It helps to increase healthy cholesterol but it’s now coming out that it may also increase the bad cholesterol in your blood. Plus, when compared to its counterparts such as olive oil and avocado oil, it has a lot more saturated fat.

All of the foods listed here aren’t exactly bad for you. The larger point is that any food if eaten without restriction can be bad for you. So, just remember when you’re boarding the trendy foodie train that it’s still all about moderation.

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