Not-So-Unhealthy Foods

For years, egg yolks were considered unhealthy due to their cholesterol content. The yolk contains most of an egg's cholesterol. Dietary cholesterol may not affect serum cholesterol, according to research.

Bread is heavy in carbohydrates and low in nourishment, thus many avoid it. Fiber- or grain-rich bread is healthier and lower in carbohydrates. These breads are sometimes more pricey.

Without celiac or gluten sensitivity, you can eat gluten. Johns Hopkins Medicine says most people can digest this protein from wheat and other cereals. Gluten can help your body if you can digest it. Gluten reduces type 2 diabetes risk and improves cardiovascular health.

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People avoid potatoes because they're starchy. But the Mayo Clinic says potatoes offer many healthy nutrients. They provide potassium, vitamins C and B6, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, niacin, folate, and fiber if you eat the skin. Eat the potato's skin—it has most of its nutrients.  

Chocolate research is conflicting. It's likely that you've heard that dark chocolate is healthier than white chocolate because it includes flavanols, which are connected to heart health.

Remember this about popcorn: Not all are equal. Movie popcorn is very different from air-popped popcorn. Whole-grain air-popped popcorn is delicious.

High saturated fat in coconut oil raises LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol. However, Harvard Medical School found that coconut oil also raises HDL cholesterol, balancing cholesterol levels. 

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