Do you love lechon, but resist it for health reasons? Do you like eating pizza, but you rarely do because it's going to make you fat? The truth is you are actually avoiding foods that aren't that bad for you—some of them actually provide nutrients and vitamins your body needs.
Why we don't eat it: Food chains use a lot of additives like sodium phosphate to preserve and texturize the meat. (Translation: It's not good for your health.)
Why we can eat it: Patties are made of red meat. And study shows that it actually contains vitamin B which is necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. But note that you can only consume 100 grams (roughly the size of a deck of cards) in a day to avoid the risk of having heart disease and diabetes.
2. Fried breakfast
Why we don't eat it: Anything fried is linked to fat and calories. As we all know, these are main causes of stroke and obesity.
Why we can eat it: According to this research, a plate of fried bacon, sausage, egg, and beans could be the healthiest start-of-day meal since it can help your metabolism break down fats. Based on the researchers' observation, those who consumed high-fat food in the morning showed lowered incidence of metabolic syndrome—a group of bodily abnormalities associated with the development of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The logic here is that eating fat can actually teach the body to help burn fat.
Why we don't eat it: Because it contains sodium and lots of calories that can make anyone's blood pressure shoot up.
Why we can eat it: Researchers discovered that those who ate pizza at least twice a week were 59 percent less likely to develop cancer of esophagus, 34 percent less likely to develop throat cancer, and 26 percent less likely to get colon cancer. And that's all because pizza is rich in lycopene, a phytochemical found in tomatoes. So the next time you go for pizza, ask for more tomatoes. It's a weird request but ultimately a good one.
Why we don't eat it: Shrimps are bad for our cholesterol levels.
Why we can eat it: Although it's true that shrimps are relatively high in cholesterol, research shows that it isn't too bad after all. For instance, it can help the skin stay young because it contains high levels of astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant. And for those experiencing the onset of hair loss, its zinc content can actually help your locks to regrow.
5. Ice cream
Why we don't eat it: Because sugar is equal to diabetes.
Why we can eat it: It's rich in calcium and phosphorus, with about 10 percent of the adult recommended dietary allowance of these minerals in just a half-cup serving! It also has vitamins A, C, D, and E, and vitamins B6 and B12.
6. Fish and chips
Why we don't eat it: Because it's full of calories and fat, which might increase the risk of heart failure.
Why we can eat it: Those unhealthy elements can be outweighed if you cook the fish and chips with grape juice, which has memory-boosting nutrients and an innate ability of lowering the risk of cancer.
Why we don't eat it: Eating too much lechon can cause hypertension and heart attack.
Why we can eat it: You probably already know that it's high in protein, minerals, and amino acids, which are all good for the health. But did you know that lechon is also very high in thiamine (or vitamin B1)? This means that it can help your nervous and cardiovascular systems perform its functions better. Ironic, right?
A simple reminder though: Always eat in moderation!
This story originally appeared on FHM.com.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by Cosmo.ph editors