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If you are anything like us, you made some New Year’s resolutions that you are already struggling to keep. Perhaps you are having more success than we are, though. In that case, we are sorry that we made any assumptions.

As for those who are in the struggle, there is some good news that you may not have expected to hear. As it turns out, eating cheese and other “bad foods” may actually be healthy for you.

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There are no shortage of foods that we avoid because we are told that they are bad for us. Even foods like cheddar and candy can have unexpected health benefits, though.

If you are questioning this logic, we fully understand. However, registered dietician Lisa Young is baking it up. According to the New York Post, she said, “We tend to view food as either good or bad for us. Generally, a small portion of [any] food is OK.”

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That’s because even “bad foods” come with certain nutrients that are vital to our day to day. For starters, Young had the following to say about white potatoes: “They get a bad rap because of French fries, which is a form of white potato,” Young says. “But white potatoes themselves [aren’t bad]. A baked potato has tons of fiber and potassium.”

Cheeses could also be a fine part of some diets. According to the Washington Post, Adam Brock with the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin said: “Both raw and pasteurized cheeses contain good bacteria that can be beneficial to human gut microbiota.”

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Peanut butter, chocolate, and eggs could also better for us than some realize. After all, it’s all about eating in moderation!