11 Foods With A Bad Reputation That You Can Feel Good About Eating

Cheese, carbs, gluten — none of these things are inherently bad. INSIDER

But other oils that are similarly high in monounsaturated fat that can also be good choices for cooking, including peanut and sesame oil.

Potatoes aren't always thought of as a health food, but they are full of nutrients.

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Potatoes fall under the healthy carb category, and they are packed with healthy components. They're great sources of potassium and vitamin C, and if you keep the skin on them, they can be good sources of fiber as well.

Butter's vindication is part of the rethinking of full-fat dairy.

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To get away from butter decades ago, people started opting for artificial alternatives full of trans fat, which have turned out to be awful for your health.

As fats — including dairy fats — have been vindicated, it's become more and more clear that butter isn't necessarily bad for you. Again, moderation is key.

Even salt isn't as bad as anti-sodium proponents might have you believe.

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Salt makes everything taste better. And it turns out the evidence against seasoning food is far less conclusive than dietary recommendations would have you believe.

A growing body of research indicates that for people who don't already have high blood pressure, salt consumption doesn't really seem to have much of an impact on health. There's even evidence that getting too little sodium might be connected to higher blood pressure, though more data is needed.

Perhaps the most useful thing is to be aware of how much salt we're eating in the first place. Processed foods that are packed with sodium aren't healthy for a variety of reasons, and those foods (and restaurant foods) make up 70% of the average person's sodium intake. Salt added to food being cooked at home and added at the table are only about 10% of average salt intake.

Avoid too much processed food, but don't feel bad about a sprinkle of salt on your home-cooked potatoes.

For the vast majority of people, gluten is just fine.

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In recent years, "gluten-free" has become a marketing term attached to all kinds of foods, with gluten-free diets often cited by celebrities and other trend-makers.

But gluten simply refers to a mixture of proteins found in wheat, something humanity has eaten for thousands of years. For the approximately 1% of the world with Celiac disease, it can cause serious problems. A tiny percentage of other people may have some sort of non-Celiac sensitivity, where gluten makes them feel uncomfortable. But for the vast majority of us, gluten is totally fine.

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