Bad Foods Gone Good


Five foods that don’t deserve their bad rap (when consumed in moderation)

-Chocolate 

Dark, not milk, chocolate that’s is at least 70% cacao improves the elasticity of blood vessels, which improves blood flow, reduces the chance of stroke, and helps you maintain healthy blood pressure

-Coffee

Has been shown to have cardio vascular benefits.  And taking it black, not with milk and sugar, might also play a role in preventing type II diabetes, improving memory, and providing antioxidants.  No more than 3 cups a day. 

-Potatoes

This starchy vegetable is high in carbs, but it is the good kid (complex) that provides sustained energy to your system.  Eat one before your workout – its B-Vitamins will provide longer lasting energy.  

-Salt

If you are working out longer than an hour, you need sodium to replace electrolytes lost through sweat – but no more than 3000mg’s a day.  

-Beer

Two cold ones a day have essential B-Vitamins.  If you are counting calories, light beer is an option.  And if it is a darker lager beer, it’s going to have lutein, which helps eye sight and soluble fiber that is good for your heart.  Two beers are the healthy limit.