There’s never been a better time to be a health-conscious eater. Why? Because these days, so many delicious foods that used to be off-limits are now thought to be really good for you.
Still, “good for you” and “okay to eat in unlimited quantities” aren’t the same thing.
“Folks are always looking for that magical food that will make them healthy, slim, and beautiful. There are tons of foods on the planet that will do that, but if you eat anything in excess, it sort of backfires. Mother nature is kind of tricky that way,” says Frances Largeman-Roth, R.D., author of Eating in Color. Here, five surprising examples.
1. Red Wine
A glass of vino doesn’t just help you unwind. Red wine contains resveratrol, an antioxidant compound that’s thought to offer protection against heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s. And according to one study, the stuff even appears to play a role in blocking the development of fat cells, which could help you maintain a healthy weight.1
But a serving of red wine is a five-ounce glass—…