Healthy foods that have a bad reputation
Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
21 June 2021

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.


There’s a whole list of foods that people think they should be avoiding, given that, these foods are more often than not misunderstood and considered to be unhealthy and causing weight gain. However, are they really unhealthy? In fact, studies show that by keeping away from certain foods, you are actually missing out on a whole bunch of nutrition. Let’s explore!

5 seriously misunderstood foods

  1. Wheat: It’s a big myth that wheat causes weight gain - and that sticking to a low-carb, non-wheat diet ensures weight loss. It is vital for you to know that carbs are an essential source of energy and an excellent source of vitamins. Whole wheat provides you with complex carbs and a generous helping of fibre; both of which boost satiety, keep you fuller for longer, prevent oscillations in the blood sugar profile, lower cholesterol levels and keep the heart happy. Another myth that’s related to wheat is that a majority of people are gluten intolerant; when in fact only a tiny fraction of people have trouble with gluten. So, go right ahead and include whole wheat rotis in to your diet!


  1. Salt: Salt does get a lot of flak; however, this vital ingredient is a very necessary part of our diet. Salt contains sodium along with small amounts of potassium, calcium, iron and zinc. Iodine is also added to table salt which prevents goiter. The minerals in salt are important electrolytes which are in charge of fluid balance, muscle functioning and nerve transmission. You need salt in your daily diet in moderate amounts. Tata Salt Lite is the way to go! Refined, iodized and potassium enriched, Tata Salt Lite is a low-sodium salt that has been especially crafted to provide 15 % lower sodium than regular salt.


  1. Rice: You don’t need to blacklist rice! Rice has frequently been called a bad carb because of its high glycemic value. Nevertheless, you need to understand that the glycemic value of a particular food depends upon a host of factors – especially, the value tends to differ when the food is eaten all by itself than when it is consumed in combination with other foods. Accordingly, rice affects your blood sugar profile if you eat a big bowl of it and nothing else. When combined with other foods though, white rice can be had in a moderate portion size.


  1. Banana: The banana usually falls under the heading of ‘Indian foods to gain weight’ and is known to be loaded with calories. However, bananas are packed with a resistant starch which does not break down and does not elevate the blood sugar rapidly. In truth, experts claim that the fruit can help manage your appetite better, steady blood sugar levels and slowly disperse energy so that you do not give in to awful food binges. The fruit is also very good for your brain and absolutely perfect for athletes and gym-goers! The fruit is also crammed with a generous dose of potassium which keeps your heart happy!


  1. Potato: The tuber has unfortunately always featured on the unhealthy food list and has earned a bad reputation for packing in large amounts of carbs; and it is believed to be a weight-loss nightmare! Disgrace still follows the poor humble potato! However, the carbs that are present in potatoes are gratifying and filling. Potatoes are also chockfull of vitamin C, potassium and fibre. Then again, how you cook the spud is exceedingly important! Keep away from potato crisps and French fries!

We are happy to tell you that not everything you hear about foods is true! The importance of eating healthy food can never be over-emphasized. You must read up the nutrition profile of various foods and incorporate a rainbow menu of varied foods and vegetables. Unknowingly, we may be eliminating potentially healthy food from our diet. Nutritionists claim that a lot of foods tend to get a bad rap; nonetheless, they actually do offer precious health benefits. So, stop fussing and embrace these foods back into your life!



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