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9 'Bad' Foods That Aren't Always So Bad

Posted: 09/26/2011 8:30 am

By Nicci Micco, Editor-at-Large for EatingWell

Some healthful foods have gotten bad raps they just can't shake. Do you avoid peanut butter because you think it's super-fattening? Have you banned egg yolk because you're concerned about your heart health? Get the good truth about these and more "misunderstood" foods and why you should eat them -- in moderation, of course.

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The bad rap: Peanut butter is super-fattening.

The good news: Peanut butter is high in fat, but that doesn't mean it's fattening. (Gaining or losing weight, and body fat, basically comes down to balancing calories.) That said, peanut butter is a concentrated source of calories, so you don't want to go overboard. But you don't need to eat tons to feel satisfied: just a tablespoon (90 calories) or two of peanut butter goes a long way. Plus, peanut butter provides protein and folate, a B vitamin important for the healthy development of new cells.

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Nicci Micco

Nicci Micco is editor-at-large for EatingWell and co-author of EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners. She has a master's degree in nutrition and food sciences, with a focus in weight management.


 

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