With so many fitness bloggers and fad diets circling social media, it can be difficult to determine whether your food is healthy or not. You don’t need to eat kale and drink spirulina smoothies to be the picture of health. There are some surprising health benefits to the food you already consume daily. You can drink a glass of wine and enjoy potatoes while still living a healthy lifestyle. It’s all about balance and everything in moderation. 

Here are a few foods with unexpected health benefits.

Coffee

Caffeine can be a lifesaver for those with chaotic lives. Coffee contains nutrients, like potassium and niacin, and potentially reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes. Coffee can also improve your focus and enhance your performance both in the gym and at work. Just bear in mind that caffeine can also increase anxiety and disrupt your sleep routine if consumed too often. 

Potatoes 

The diet trend has persuaded us that carbs are bad. However, potatoes are brimming with heart-healthy nutrients, like carotenoids, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B6. Potato skins also have anti-inflammatory properties. Potatoes keep your bones strong, heart-healthy and taste buds smiling. 

Chocolate

Dark chocolate has numerous health benefits and is the perfect healthy snack. It can lower cholesterol levels, reduce your risk of heart disease and prevent memory decline. Dark chocolate is much stronger, so you only need a little bit to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Red meat

Greasy red meat is far from healthy. On the other hand, lean meat is a brilliant source of protein, vitamin B12, niacin, zinc, and iron. Trim the fat, invest in good-quality meat and eat smaller portions of it. 

Popcorn

Low-calorie popcorn is a brilliant alternative to crisps. Popcorn is full of fibre which helps to make you feel full and keep your bowels regular. It has loads of antioxidants to protect you against disease and cell damage too. Make your own popcorn at home and top with a light coating of salt or sugar. Popcorn is the perfect healthy snack – if you avoid the butter!

Peanut butter 

Look a healthier peanut butter without all the extra salt, sugar, and additives. Peanut butter contains plenty of unsaturated fat and might even reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Avocado

Avocado is a heart-healthy food and a popular choice for brunch among millennials. 

Eat your favourite foods in moderation and incorporate a few healthier alternatives!