Do you begrudgingly pick up skim over whole milk because it’s supposed to be the better choice? Do you always order the chicken when you really want the duck? Then this article is for you! In my list of 10 delicious foods that are surprisingly good for you, you may just find out that your favorites do more for your body than you thought.
When they’re not fried or covered in mayonnaise, potatoes are actually very healthy for you. Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, author of the New York Times best seller S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim recommends potatoes because they’re relatively low in calories, especially red potatoes at 88 calories each, and are packed with fat burning carbohydrates. Sass explains, “When you cook & cool a potato they form what’s called resistant starch, which is like a fiber you don’t absorb. It fills you up, you don’t have to worry about burning it off, and it triggers your body to burn more fat.” One study found that replacing 5% of your carb intake with resistant starch burned 20-30% more fat in the hours after the meal.
A lot of people consider corn a throwaway vegetable but it’s really a whole grain, says Sass. 90% of Americans don’t get the recommended 3 daily servings of whole grains, and corn can be a great mix-in for salads, and vegetable side-dishes to add a boost to your daily diet. Another benefit of corn is that it’s packed with antioxidants. One study even found that corn has twice the amount of antioxidants found in Apples. In America, corn is in peak season in October and November; try it for your fall diet.
Want to read the other 8? Check out my full article on Forbes: 10 Foods That Are Surprisingly Good For You