Each diet comes with its own set of rules. Most of them ban foods that contain too much fat or carbs, but you should keep in mind that the key to a healthy and balanced diet is not to deny yourself any foods or food groups, but to balance what you eat by having a variety of foods from each food group in the right proportions for good health. So here are the top five “forbidden” foods that actually have a great nutritional value and can complete a healthy diet, consumed in moderation:
1. Avocados: They’re banned from some diets for containing too much fat, however, they are rich in healthful monounsaturated fats and omega-3s, all of which are believed by scientists to lower the risk of developing heart disease.
2. Chocolate: There is no weight loss diet that promotes eating chocolate, mostly because it has so many calories. Still, dark chocolate puts you in a good mood, lowers stress, reduces the risk of heart problems and promotes brain health. Keep in mind though that you just need a tiny bit to satisfy your sweet tooth.
3. Eggs: Egg yolks presumably have a high cholesterol level, which is why some diets forbid the consumption of eggs. However, experts suggest they won’t actually raise your body’s cholesterol levels, because they’re low in saturated fat.
4. Almonds and walnuts: Some diets banned the consumption of almonds, walnuts and peanuts because they are rich in fat. Nuts are now considered to make a very healthy snack because their fats are optimal for heart health. They also contain statins, which stimulate the hormones that keep you feeling full.
5. Potatoes: Carbs are an arch enemy for people trying to lose weight and potatoes are known to have plenty of carbs. Recently, experts have come to the conclusion that spuds are actually lower in carbohydrates than previously thought, plus the fiber in the skins can help regulate your metabolism.