Your Body Nutrition’s Louise Cavanough reveals the ‘naughty’ foods that are good for you

They’re the foods that, until now, have been given a bad wrap.

But nutritionist Louise Cavanough revealed a surprising number of ‘naughty’ foods are actually healthier than you think.

The most surprising additions to the list are gelatin, duck fat and lard, with Ms Cavanough telling Buro 247 the foods have a number of nutritional benefits.

Good fats: Nutritionist Louise Cavanough has revealed the foods people think are ‘naughty’ that are actually good for you, such as duck fat (pictured)

For many people watching what they eat, anything that contains a high amount of fat is an immediate no go.

So it’s little surprise duck fat has earned itself a place on the seemingly ‘naughty’ list.

But contrary to popular belief, duck fat is actually high in monounsaturated fatty acids. 

Surprisingly good: Lard (pictured) is high in vitamin D and is a healthy source of cholesterol, use it instead of olive oil on your roasted vegetables

The fat also undergoes little processing, making it the perfect addition to your roast potatoes.

Coming up next is lard.

Made from pig fat, lard is right up there with duck fat when it comes to unpopular perceptions.

But lard can actually be used in a number of dishes, such as pastries, or as an alternative for olive oil when roasting vegetables.

In terms of benefits, Empowered Sustenance said lard is high in vitamin D and is a healthy source of cholesterol.

Jelly joy: Gelatin contains the amino acids glycine and proline that are good for your skin, hair and nails

In what may come as a surprise gelatin, which contains the amino acids glycine and proline, is good for your skin, hair and nails.

It is made from collagen derived from connective tissue and bones in cows, and according to Gelatin Health, has can tighten the skin and is also anti-aging.

Other benefits include improved digestion, the ability to speed up wound healing and helping eliminate food intolerances.

Delicious, and nutritious: Potatoes contain more potassium than bananas and can assist with weight loss as they keep you feeling fuller for longer

The other ‘naughty’ foods that are actually good for you are potatoes, peanut butter and chocolate.

Ms Cavanough told Buro 247 potatoes are packed with potassium, and in fact, contain more so that a banana.

Starch found in potatoes can help with intestinal health, and Medical News Today said it can even assist with weight management by keeping you fuller for longer.

Raw treat: Chocolate in its raw form is packed with antioxidants and can even help lower blood pressure 

Those with a sweet tooth rejoice – eating chocolate is not as bad as you think.

In fact, in its raw state chocolate is an extremely rich source of antioxidants, and contains magnesium, vitamins, protein and fibre.

Cacao can help lower blood pressure and improve circulation, promote cardiovascular health, improve digestion and enhance mental well-being, according to Choc Chick.

Benefits of butter: While most store bought peanut butters are no good, peanut butter that is made with 100 per cent peanuts is a health win

Organic: Peanut butter made with 100 per cent peanuts contains monounsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants and protein

Lastly is peanut butter.

Ms Cavanough said raw peanut butter, that is made simply by grinding peanuts, contains monounsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants and protein.

But rather than you average supermarket brand, be sure to buy organic peanut butter that is made with 100 per cent peanuts.