4 Healthy Foods You Thought Were Junk

Between the flashy marketing on food packages and advice from so-called diet gurus being shoved down our throats, it’s hard to understand exactly what foods may be good for you and what foods aren’t.  You may be surprised that these foods, one’s that have been written off as junk food, actually can be good for you when enjoyed in moderation.  Let’s take a look at these forbidden foods and why they might be good for us.

Chocolate
This delicious treat that many find hard to resist has gotten a bad rap over the years for its high sugar and fat content.  However, an often overlooked aspect of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is its high amount of heart healthy flavonoids. Also, the fat content in dark chocolate is mostly stearic and oleic acid, which doesn’t raise cholesterol levels.

Alcohol
How can a drink that’s associated with term “beer belly” be healthy for us? Simple – A study conducted at the University of Buffalo found that the participants who consumed that same daily amount of alcohol had lower levels of ab fat than those who binge drink only once or twice every 2 weeks.  Not to mention the healthy affects one or two drinks a day has on our heart.  Drink wine or champagne to get the healthy affects mentioned above as well as a dose of disease fighting antioxidants.

Beef Jerky
Beef jerky has been frowned upon because of its high preservative and sodium content.  But by easily choosing brands reading labels and choosing brands that are all natural, Golden Valley Natural Organic Beef Jerky, for example, you can pass on the sodium and preservatives and you’ll be able to enjoy a high protein snack that will help you stay full in between meals.

Sour Cream
Sour cream has been kick around by diet enthusiasts because of its high fat content.  But here’s the real kicker, a single serving (2 tablespoons) of sour cream has only 50 calories, half of what you will find in an equivalent serving of mayo and less saturated fat in a glass of 2% Milk.

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