Life is packed with things that may seem bad for you — there’s not arguing that — however, you might rejoice in knowing that some of the things you might have been encouraged to try avoiding on a daily basis are actually not as bad as they’re rumored to be. Yup, we’re saying go ahead, eat the carbs, drink the wine, and skip your next workout, because science says doing those things can actually be good for you.
There’s a terrible rumor going around that carbs, including rice, bread, potatoes and more, contribute to weight gain. While it might be a good idea to cut back on processed carbs like white bread, white pasta and white rice, it’s also important to know that not all carbs are created equal, and they’re not all bad for you. Carbs in potatoes contain almost 4 grams of fiber, potassium and vitamin C. Good carbs also include whole grains (like pure oats, quinoa and brown rice), nuts (like almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts and peanuts) and legumes (like lentils, kidney beans and peas).
While any kind of alcohol in excessive amounts is generally never a good idea, wine in moderation is actually good for you, according to multiple studies. In a British study, those who drank a glass of wine a day reduced their risk of Helicobacter pylori bacteria, a major cause of gastritis, ulcers, and stomach cancers by 11%. According to a 10-year study by Harvard Medical School, premenopausal women who drink one or two glasses of wine a day are 40 percent less likely than women who don’t drink to develop type 2 diabetes. Additionally, wine helps prevent clots and reduce blood vessel inflammation, both of which have been linked to cognitive decline and heart disease, explains a representative from the University of Arizona School of Medicine.
It seems every menu these days has a gluten-free section now, and it’s a good thing because chances are you or someone you know avoids gluten like the plague. However, there’s a reason you don’t remember ordering gluten-free items as a kid — it’s a recent trend, a fad, a new phenomenon (for those who don’t have Celiac disease). In fact, only about 1% of people worldwide actually have celiac disease, the rare genetic disorder that makes people intolerant to gluten.While some might have a sensitivity to gluten that results in abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and headaches among other things, there is no actual damage to the tissues of the small intestine. So unless you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease by a doctor, there’s no reason to deprive yourself.
We can bet you’ve heard countless reasons why you should lay off the caffeine: it stunts your growth, it makes you jittery, it has negative effects on your health. However, it’s safe to drink up to 400 milligrams of caffeine per day for most healthy adults. That’s roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola, or two energy shot drinks, in one 24 hour period. And in even better news, if coffee is your main source of caffeine, you’ll find comfort in knowing that it’s actually rich in vitamins, potassium, and tons of antioxidants.
While consistency is the key to results, don’t be too hard on yourself the next time you miss a workout. In fact, taking days off from your gym schedule is just as important as the workouts themselves. When you work out, your body breaks down muscle tissue. When you allow your body time to recover, it rebuilds the muscle tissue and makes it even stronger. And on a long-term level, over exercising without days off can increase your levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can disturb your sleep and lead to problems like digestive issues, depression, and weight gain.