Have you ever avoided potatoes after listening to several theories saying that they are harmful to you? Well, you need to consider them again. There are several food items that are tagged to be 'unhealthy' but indeed carry several health benefits. You must always be mindful that excess of anything is bad and even these food items will only provide benefit if eaten in moderation. Here is a list of some seemingly unhealthy food items which are good for your health:  

Peanut Butter 

It is said that one tablespoon of peanut butter contains about 100 calories. This is the reason why people who are trying to lose weight avoid eating it. Peanut butter is usually used as a bread spread, for making cookies and is even eaten raw. What most people don’t know is that it is full of healthy fats, which is an essential requirement of the body.  

These healthy fats help in the absorption of essential vitamins from different food items. Peanut butter is often included in the diet of people who go to the gym or do extensive workouts. Make sure you purchase unsweetened peanut butter in order to avoid added sugar.  

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Potatoes 

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Fried potatoes or cheese loaded fries, just the thought of these potato-based dishes is enough to give you an idea about their calorie content. Well, potato has earned a bad reputation when it comes to healthy food items because of how it is cooked and served. 

In order to consume a healthier variant of potatoes, you can roast or bake them in order to avoid oil-filled fried potatoes. You can also boil them and combine them with other vegetables for better taste. Avoid creamy dressings such as cheese and mayo on top of it. They are a good source of vitamins C and B6, and fiber, which will keep you full for long.  

Egg Yolks 

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Egg yolks contain high levels of cholesterol and are, thus, never recommended for people suffering from heart and cholesterol problems. Well, egg yolks contain vitamins A, D, E, and K along with healthy omega-3 fats. They also contain more protein and folate, as compared to egg whites apart from lutein and zeaxanthin which play an integral role in boosting eye and brain health.  

If not daily, you can easily include egg yolks in your diet once or twice a week in order to give your body those essential nutrients. 

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Popcorn  

The perfect movie time snack, popcorn is often categorised in the list of unhealthy food items. It is primarily because of the large quantities of butter and salt added to it. What people don’t know is that popcorn is made up of 100% whole grain and is a perfect antioxidant. They are air-popped and contain less than 30 calories per cup.  

Make sure you avoid adding salt and butter to your popcorn in order to keep them free of extra calories and fat.  

Chocolate  

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Chocolates with extra sugar and caramel are definitely bad when eaten in large quantities. The healthiest variant of chocolate is dark chocolate which has a storehouse of benefits. It is said to lower blood pressure, improve brain function, and even promote the growth of happiness hormones. Made with very little and sometimes even no sugar, dark chocolates can be even eaten by diabetic people.  

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No matter how healthy a food item is, adding salt, butter and sugar diminishes its healthiness. You can eat all types of food items and even desserts but make you do a portion control. A healthy balanced diet with all types of nutrients in it is something that will keep your body healthy and free from diseases.  

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