Take these previously shunned foods off the "what to eat" blacklist. It turns out they’re nutritional superstars.
Eggs (with the yolk). Banned for: cholesterol.
- Sure, eggs are full of cholesterol, but experts say they won’t actually raise your body’s cholesterol levels, because they’re low in saturated fat.
Avocados. Banned for: fat.
- Avocados boast healthful monounsaturated fats and omega-3s, all of which are thought to lower the risk of developing heart disease.
Potatoes. Banned for: carbs.
- Spuds are actually lower in carbohydrates than experts previously thought, plus the fiber in the skins can help regulate your metabolism.
Almonds, walnuts and peanuts. Banned for: fat.
- Nuts now top healthful-food charts because their fats are optimal for heart health. They also contain statins, which increase the hormones that keep you feeling full.
Chocolate. Banned for: calories.
- Dark chocolate boosts mood, lowers stress, reduces the risk of heart problems and promotes brain health. And it takes only a little bit to satisfy.
Pasta. Banned for: carbs.
- Eating just 1 cup of whole-wheat pasta served with olive oil, lean protein and vegetables slows carb absorption, making pasta a healthful addition to your plate.