Six "forbidden" foods you can eat!

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.