We all know that certain foods are bad for your health and some are good. However, things get a tad complicated when we try and determine which is which. One minute, red meat is bad for you and the next you need some good old steak in your diet. Today experts recommend you never touch wine, but tomorrow they will be telling you that a glass a day or with your evening meal is good for you! It can be confusing, can’t it?

That’s why I’ve decided to write this article. Let’s look at some of the foods that are good for you with a few surprises sure to crop up and along the way, perhaps explore some of the shocking benefits certain foods have on your health. We’re not talking about losing weight here. Instead, we’re thinking in terms serious benefits on your health that could have wider implications for your quality of life. So, what weird and wonderful foods are good for you?

Salty Goodness

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Yes, you read that right, salty is good for you. Contrary to popular belief, a little salt goes along way. Research shows that salt helps prevent the bone joints in your body from getting too stiff and ensures that you can still keep your agility as you age. You can learn more about the benefits of salt on www.HimalayanCrystalSalt.com/health.

Of course, too much salt in your diet can have a negative impact on your health. It may raise your blood pressure and has been linked to a greater chance of the development of serious heart conditions. This is why when you buy products, you will often find that the salt has been removed completely or greatly reduced in the ingredients. If that’s the case, for things like tomato sauce on pasta, you need to make sure you’re adding a little more to your evening meal. Just a sprinkling of salt will be enough to keep those bone joints healthy.

Zinc Link To Hearing

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What is zinc? It’s an essential mineral. In fact not getting enough zinc in your diet can be enough for you to get a diagnosis of malnutrition. The good news is that zinc is common in a wide range of different foods. In particular, if you need to up your dose of zinc you should eat oysters. These delicious aquamarine delicacies are high enough in zinc that you won’t have to worry about a lack of zinc in your diet if you even eat them just once a month.

Of course, for Australians and yes Americans, the main source of zinc is red meat. You see, it is good for you after all. But what are the benefits of zinc? Well, there are too many to list here. Though, perhaps one of the most interesting benefits is that it can cure SSNHL or idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss. This condition results in an instant loss of hearing with no recognised cause. It’s an incredible condition, and if you explore research organizations like www.EarScience.org.au/research, you might find that zinc is one of the recognised fixes to this issue. You might be thinking, well I’m never going to deal with that issue. Don’t be so sure. Since this condition is completely random and unexplained, it can happen to anyone at anytime. A shot of zinc might just alter it though, and one of the reasons for this is that zinc and foods high in zinc improve hearing in general.

Hey, How About Those Carrots?

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This might be a fun time to dispel a weird notion about a certain food: carrots. If you love your carrots, that’s great. The sweet veg is perfect with a Sunday roast and delicious as a side with a variety of dishes. However, don’t eat them because you think they’ll give you super sensory nighttime abilities, they won’t. Carrots provide you with a vitamin that gives you the typical eyesight humans have at night and nothing more.

That said, there are other benefits of eating carrots. Arguably the main benefit is that these orange veg are rich in antioxidants. As such, by eating carrots, you can just keep healthy in general. If you don’t know, antioxidants fight oxygenation of cells in your body. Oxygenation has been linked to everything from dementia to cancer. Thus it is worth keeping a check on the levels that you are getting in your diet.

Peanut Butter

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We bet you think that peanut butter is bad for you. It’s true, peanut butter is certainly high in fat. But, unless you are eating it every day you might find that the benefits outweigh the issues it might cause for your health.

It’s important to realise, firstly that the fat is largely monounsaturated and therefore it’s not as bad for you as typical fat. You can learn more about this on www.ABC.net.au/health/

As well as this, it’s incredibly high in protein. This means that you can build up your strength and muscle if you include some of this gooey treat in your diet. This is another example of how food that seems bad for you can actually benefit your health.

Going For Gummies

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This is another weird one, and yes, we are talking about the sweets. Though, perhaps not the ones that you buy for your little one or that end up in their sack when they go trick or treating. No, there are healthy gummy worms made of beef gelatin and sprinkled with vitamin C. It’s the gelatin in these sweets that make these so good for you. They can improve pain symptoms, change the way you feel, and they might even allow you to beat the hands of time. You won’t develop as many wrinkles if you add these to your diet.

These are just some of the foods that can be beneficial to your health. Some of them probably took you completely by surprise but, if beer can be healthy, then the fact is that all bets are off here. Honestly, the general rule is that a little of something is never going to be bad for you and may just benefit your health in weird and wonderful ways.