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Coconut oil. Coffee. Whole milk. Salt. Chocolate. Popcorn. Eggs. What do those seven foods have in common?

In the future, when we’re zipping around the biosphere on our jetpacks and eating our nutritionally complete food pellets, we won’t have to worry about what foods will kill us or which will make us live forever.

Until then, we’re left to figure out which of the food headlines we should take to heart, and which should be taken with a grain of unrefined, mineral-rich sea salt. Low-fat or high-fat? High-protein or vegan? If you don’t trust what your body tells you, remember that food science is ever evolving. Case in point: The seven foods below are ancient. But they’ve gone from being considered healthy (long ago) to unhealthy (within the last generation or two) to healthy again, even essential.

So go ahead and eat that salty popcorn popped in coconut oil and washed down with milk-lightened coffee. Save the eggs for another meal.

That's an important point that "food science is ever evolving." People tend to panic about the latest research results and change their eating habits almost weekly. Wine is bad. Wine is bad. Wine is good again! Can any food possibly do as much damage to our health as endlessly agonizing over what we put in our bodies?