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The results are in! These foods are actually good for you!

We know that the health world is inundated with various diets, detoxes, and restrictive eating behaviors. Although you may experience healthy benefits in the short term, the key to a healthier lifestyle is to create long term healthy habits and eat some foods in moderation. In the past, websites and medical resources once claimed that some foods can lead to poor health outcomes. However, thanks to recent research these claims have been debunked. Here are 4 foods that were once “cautionary” for your health and should be incorporated into your daily eating habits:
1. Coffee
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Consider coffee the magic elixir for people who loathe early mornings, and, in turn, reap potential health benefits. Studies have revealed that coffee may help reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. In addition, many studies have found that moderate amounts of caffeine per day can lead to improved athletic performance, such as an increase in running speed. Public health research has even determined that moderate amounts of coffee (about 3-4 cups per day) promotes some health benefits (Livestrong). Clinical trials have also reveals that individuals with fatty liver disease who consume medium roast coffee on a regular basis had less liver damage (Mayo). However, in order to receive the full effect from coffee, avoid added sugars and creams.
2. Coconut Oil
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Coconut oil was recently deemed as a food that promotes extremely rewarding benefits, and its multifarious uses are promoted across the health, nutritional and personal care industries. Medical professional previously considered coconut oil as a risk for cardiovascular disease due to its high saturated fat content. While coconut oil contains a rich source of saturated fat known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being saturated, recent research has revealed that these saturated fats are in fact beneficial, possessing fatty acids of medium length also known as medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) (1) In fact, many international cultures who use coconut oil as their prime oil base cooking meals, including Thailand, have greater life spans.
3. Eggs
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In 2013, a evidence-based study confirmed that people who consume eggs, which contain high sources of protein, instead of cereal for breakfast would later show greater control in appetites throughout the day. A single egg contains 3g of protein, and the egg yolks are overloaded with vitamin D, phosphorus, riboflavin, choline and selenium. 
4. Avocado
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Avocados are mega nutrient rich fruits. Avocados contain more than 20 essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including vitamins A, C, D, E, and K; fiber; potassium; and B vitamins. Avocados are rich in monsaturated fats and  that promote better heart health, and they are a great source of antioxidants, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin.
Sources:
Mayo Clinic
Eat Local Grown
Livestrong
Greatist
http://greatist.com/eat/healthy-fats-best-foods-for-brain-health
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