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What foods are now considered good for us that used to be thought of as bad?

What foods are now considered good for us that used to be thought of as bad?

Science and technology continues to uncover new and exciting discoveries that can change the face of how we live our day-to-day lives. As we delve even further into how things work, we are finding out even more about the world around us, including what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and what doesn't.

Our understanding of such matters has improved markedly over years - it's difficult to imagine that, as late as the 1930s, smoking was considered healthy! It's true - the testimonials of doctors and physicians used to appear on cigarette packets, lending a seal of approval. Can you imagine that today? 

With this in mind, let's take a walk back through time and identify a couple of foods which were once considered bad for our health, but are now praised as beneficial:

Whole milk

It was once thought that drinking full-fat milk would put you on the fast track to obesity, and should be avoided for this reason. Therefore, it was recommended that children be brought up on the low-fat version of the white stuff to fight off weight gain, as well as teaching them about low-fat options from an early age.

Today, though, it has been discovered by academics at Harvard University that children who drink skimmed milk were, conversely, at greater risk to become fat later in life than their whole-milk-drinking peers. Why? Well, those that partook in the lower-fat variety were more likely to enjoy junk food, which causes blood sugar levels to rise. What can this lead to? The need for more junk food.

Eggs

Eggs were once thought to clog the arteries, which can bring on a whole host of negative health conditions, from heart problems through to increased risk of stroke. 

Before the discovery of cholesterol, there was little thought given to the health effects of eggs, but when it was discovered that the little ovals contained the substance, it was figured that eggs were as unhealthy as it gets.

Now, of course, we know that they are replete in iron, protein, as well as two antioxidants, known as lutein and zeaxanthine - both of which can aid the health of the eye. 

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What foods are now considered good for us that used to be thought of as bad?

As science becomes more sophisticated, it's now far easier to tell which foods are better for us than others, but this hasn't always been the case.

Science and technology continues to uncover new and exciting discoveries that can change the face of how we live our day-to-day lives. As we delve even further into how things work, we are finding out even more about the world around us, including what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and what doesn't.

Our understanding of such matters has improved markedly over years - it's difficult to imagine that, as late as the 1930s, smoking was considered healthy! It's true - the testimonials of doctors and physicians used to appear on cigarette packets, lending a seal of approval. Can you imagine that today? 

With this in mind, let's take a walk back through time and identify a couple of foods which were once considered bad for our health, but are now praised as beneficial:

Whole milk

It was once thought that drinking full-fat milk would put you on the fast track to obesity, and should be avoided for this reason. Therefore, it was recommended that children be brought up on the low-fat version of the white stuff to fight off weight gain, as well as teaching them about low-fat options from an early age.

Today, though, it has been discovered by academics at Harvard University that children who drink skimmed milk were, conversely, at greater risk to become fat later in life than their whole-milk-drinking peers. Why? Well, those that partook in the lower-fat variety were more likely to enjoy junk food, which causes blood sugar levels to rise. What can this lead to? The need for more junk food.

Eggs

Eggs were once thought to clog the arteries, which can bring on a whole host of negative health conditions, from heart problems through to increased risk of stroke. 

Before the discovery of cholesterol, there was little thought given to the health effects of eggs, but when it was discovered that the little ovals contained the substance, it was figured that eggs were as unhealthy as it gets.

Now, of course, we know that they are replete in iron, protein, as well as two antioxidants, known as lutein and zeaxanthine - both of which can aid the health of the eye. 

What foods are now considered good for us that used to be thought of as bad?
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