If you struggle with your weight, then you probably spend a lot of time scouring the internet for dietary information.

If that’s the case, you know how much contradictory and confusing information there is out there.

Some studies say eggs are bad for you.  Others say no, that’s not right, eggs are good for you.  Some say don’t eat bread.  Others say bread is fine.  It’s hard to know what to think or believe.

If you’re frustrated by the often contradictory “rules” of what foods are good or bad, you’re going to enjoy this article.  Below, we’ll outline a few foods you’ve probably heard you should avoid, but which are better for you than you might think.

First things first though.  Here’s a rule you can trust:  Eat real food.  If it comes out of a box or a can, it’s not going to be as healthy as food from the produce section or your backyard garden.  That should be your first choice.  The more processing a food item goes through before it makes its way to your home kitchen, the worse it’s bound to be for you.

Having said that, let’s talk about foods you’ll enjoy eating that aren’t as bad for you as you may have been told.

  • Cheese – While it’s true that cheese is often packed with fat and possibly sodium, it’s also filled with vitamins and minerals your body needs. It shouldn’t dominate your diet because that may cause constipation, but don’t be shy about including it on a regular basis!
  • Eggs – Eggs are a great source of protein, and like cheese, are loaded with nutrients your body needs. Previous scientific studies gave eggs a bad rap because of the cholesterol they contain. More recent studies have concluded that their contribution isn’t as damaging as originally thought.  Eat up and enjoy!
  • Coffee – You’ve probably heard that coffee is bad for you. Granted, if you drink a gallon of the stuff a day, it can have some detrimental side effects and deplete your body of nutrients. However, studies have consistently shown that coffee is a heart healthy drink that may also reduce your risk of various cancers and liver disease. Enjoy America’s favorite drink in moderation and you’ll be just fine.

Obviously, you can’t build a diet around just those three, but don’t be shy about including them in your diet!