18 Foods With Bad Reputations They Don't Deserve


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I am on the Livestrong e-mail list, normally I overlook the newsletter for different reasons varying from ‘Who cares? I am so bored’ to ‘that’s insulting.’ Frequently times the short articles tragically incorporate inanity with unusual body hatred. Today for example, there was a short article connected in the email about how to exercise to get rid of ‘bra fat.’ Exactly what even is bra fat? Like boobs? Is it boobs? I did not feel like exploring for the reasons above, but I presume they suggest either back-fat that squeezed band of a bra or those little squishy bits near your armpits that hang over the sides of the cups. Regardless, motivating workout is always great and it’s ok to exercise because you wish to look a specific means, nevertheless, can we stop comprising and naming body components to feel ashamed of? I feel bad enough about the gestalt of my fat without fracturing it into bits.

Am I being too crucial? Not all of the Livestrong short articles are bad. I actually discover myself exploring their site on the regular. They’ve lots of interesting and great short articles across the board and they are not wordy or irritating. Livestrong did handle to titillate me over email today, in their e-mail newsletter they highlighted a post by Jess Barron from yesterday called 18 Foods With a ‘Bad’ Rap That Are Actually Helpful for You-obviously I clicked it! I am a sucker for bad ladies, bad boys and anything with bad track record. I am a rebel, baby.

The moral values we place on different meals as ‘excellent’ or ‘bad’ is symptomatic of our cumulative fetish for claimed ‘wellness.’ I succumb to it too and don’t actually think it’s the worst thing on the planet to pursue wellness. It’s uncool and super shitty to define those who don’t pursue health as bad. You aren’t what you consume, make great options if you want, make bad choices if you want. It’s your body and you are only bad if you use it to harm individuals.

I am glad that Barron at Livestrong broke the myth that specific meals are simply ‘bad.’ Check out her slideshow to see the advantages of these foods with bad track records.

Finally, here is the list of the 18:

  1. White rice
  2. Eggs (even the yolks)
  3. Coffee
  4. Pasta
  5. Frozen vegetables
  6. Canadian bacon
  7. Alcohol
  8. Avocados
  9. Beef
  10. Cranberry juice
  11. Dark chocolate
  12. Dried fruit
  13. Mushrooms
  14. Nuts
  15. Shrimp
  16. Peanut butter
  17. Potatoes
  18. Popcorn

Via Livestrong / / Image via Shutterstock