Nutritionist Laura Ford lists the foods you think are unhealthy but are actually good for you

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A nutritionist shared a list of foods that you think are unhealthy but are actually good for you, including pasta, nuts, and white rice.

Laura Ford, from Melbourne, said too often that we are guilty of ‘demonizing’ certain foods when in fact you can eat almost anything, provided it is part of a balanced diet.

“There are six foods that I think people often think are unhealthy when actually they’re healthy,” Laura wrote TikTok.

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A nutritionist shared a list of foods you think are unhealthy but are actually good for you, including pasta, nuts and white rice (photo Laura Ford)

A nutritionist shared a list of foods you think are unhealthy but are actually good for you, including pasta, nuts and white rice (photo Laura Ford)

The first food Laura mentioned is nuts, which many dieters shy away from because of their calorie level (photo)

The first food Laura mentioned is nuts, which many dieters shy away from because of their calorie level (photo)

The first food Laura mentioned is nuts, which many dieters shy away from because of their calorie level (photo)

1. Nuts

The first food Laura mentioned is nuts, which many dieters don’t eat because of their calorie levels.

“Nuts may be high in calories and fat, but they are high in good fats,” said Laura.

Nuts are also packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and a little goes a long way – meaning a handful will often get you from an afternoon snack to dinner time.

2. White rice

White rice is another food often on the ‘prohibited’ list for dieters, but Laura explained there is a reason why it is a staple in so many foods and cultures.

“White rice is a great source of energy and carbohydrates,” said Laura.

The nutritionist likes to pair it with a vegetable-wrapped curry or black bean mix for tacos.

Laura said that eating carbohydrates with your meal makes you less likely to reach for sweet snacks later on.

When it comes to eggs, there are many schools of thought, but Laura said there is just no discussion for her: eggs are good for you (photo)

When it comes to eggs, there are many schools of thought, but Laura said there is just no discussion for her: eggs are good for you (photo)

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When it comes to eggs, there are many schools of thought, but Laura said there is just no discussion for her: eggs are good for you.

“Eggs are a complete protein, and the yolks are full of various vitamins and minerals that help you incorporate the protein into the egg white,” said Laura.

“Make sure to eat the whole egg for the most health benefits.”

Laura said she would never stop eating pasta (pictured) because it's a 'great source of carbohydrates and delicious'

Laura said she would never stop eating pasta (pictured) because it’s a ‘great source of carbohydrates and delicious’

4. Pasta

Pasta is a staple of the Mediterranean diet, regularly touted as one of the healthiest nutritional approaches in the world.

Laura said she would never stop eating pasta because it’s a “great source of carbohydrates and it’s delicious.”

‘If you eat it al dente [or slightly undercooked]”It’s actually really good for your gut bacteria,” said Laura.

Fill it up with a vegetable source and lots of vegetables to get maximum health benefits.

Grains have gotten a bad rap in recent years, after the Paleo diet advised dieters to ditch them in favor of foods like meat and eggs, but Laura (pictured) loves them

Grains have gotten a bad rap in recent years, after the Paleo diet advised dieters to ditch them in favor of foods like meat and eggs, but Laura (pictured) loves them

5. Cereals

Grains have gained a bad reputation in recent years, after the Paleo diet advised dieters to ditch them in favor of foods like meat, fish, eggs, seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables, along with healthy fats and oils.

But Laura said this is a “ huge disservice ” to healthy eating, because grains are actually really good for you.

“They are a great source of fiber and carbohydrates, and are a fantastic whole food packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals,” she said.

Finally, Laura (pictured) said that salad dressing is something that people think is unhealthy, but it has to do with the 'diet culture' and isn't really the truth.

Finally, Laura (pictured) said that salad dressing is something that people think is unhealthy, but it has to do with the ‘diet culture’ and isn’t really the truth.

6. Salad dressing

In conclusion, Laura said that salad dressing is something that people think is unhealthy, but it has to do with the ‘diet culture’ and is actually not the truth.

“Yes, adding salad dressing does mean adding extra kilojoules to your meal, but it also means your salads will taste so much better,” she said.

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