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Could Some “Healthy” Foods Be “Bad” for You?

What is good for one may not be good for another.

How’s that for a title to catch your attention? It’s actually not a joke.

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Food choices are unique based on our personal needs. Some medical conditions and medications can alter what is actually “good for us” in our current status. When someone tells you they can’t eat nuts and seeds? Believe them. Someone else tells you grapefuit is a “no” for them? Let it go. Or, what if someone tells you they prefer cooked over raw vegetables? There may be a serious reason behind these choices. Sometimes our bodies deal with things in ways that alter how we need to care for ourselves.

As we try to align our food and exercise choices with our health needs and goals, let’s slow our roll and consider the humanity (literally) of it all.

What we eat is up to us.  We choose our food, prepare it, and eat it.  Then the body takes over the rest of the stuff that needs to happen. Choose wisely, as this sets the tone for the rest of the food commute (i.e., food’s journey through the body).

If you notice something different, odd, or otherwise not normal for you, talk with your doctor about it. You can worry yourself into a frenzy over nothing, or miss something important. You deserve better than that, so check it out with the help of a trained professional.

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Most importantly, eat what you know is best for your needs. Work with your doctor, dietitian, and pharmacist to know what this really means for you.

Bottom line: Follow current science. Eat balanced meals that include the wonderful variety of choices within each food group to get a mix of nutrients. As an example, just within the protein group, beans have fiber. Meat has iron. Fish has omega-3s. There are loads of reasons why variety is great on your plate if you are able to eat all of these foods.

Lastly, please remember that as you watch someone go down a buffet line and make their personal choices, one never knows what a person is juggling in regards to how they need to define “healthy” for themselves.

There are lots of ways to eat a balanced diet. What is yours?

By Kim Kirchherr

I am a dietitian working in food and fiber (agriculture) through retail, addressing opportunities to make things better for people and planet.

7 replies on “Could Some “Healthy” Foods Be “Bad” for You?”

Thank you, Connie! Yes! There are so many food and nutrition conversations these days, it’s good to remember everyone has their “why” they do what they do. Thanks for reading and commenting!


Hi Kim, thanks for this great article! It’s also true that what people read and hear about certain foods changes over time. Butter is back in. Eggs are ok now. Wheat is not great for all but not everyone has access to ancient grain breads or pastas or other. Vegan fast food can be just as bad as regular fast food, etc. What I notice my guests on my Italy tours comment about quite a bit is the real confusion around what is ok or not ok to eat––back home.

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Hi Carol. Thank you, and yes! I often say we must be careful with how we talk about new and emerging science, and not overpromise because there may be a time we find more out – science is like that, and often why people who only look at one study get frustrated as knowledge continues to grow and evolve. We had some of those very conversations on the bus when we were in Italy last year, too. Remember our trip so fondly – you made it extra great!


Thanks, Brooks! Yes – and it can change even for the person depending on medical conditions, medications, and so forth. Our relationship with food and nutrition is anything but boring. 🙂


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