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 many of these foods, one’s that have been written off as junk food, actually can be good for you when enjoyed in moderation. Plus, enjoying these foods may help you from overeating on actual bad foods!
Let’s take a look at these forbidden foods and why they might be good for us.
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.
Still not buying it? Here are 10 more health benefits of chocolate!
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 effects mentioned above as well as a dose of disease fighting antioxidants.
Beef jerky has been frowned upon because of its high preservative and sodium content.
But, by easily reading labels and choosing brands that are all natural, for example Golden Valley Natural Organic Beef Jerky, 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 between meals.
Sour cream has been kicked 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. That’s half of what you will find in an equivalent serving of mayo and less saturated fat in a glass of 2% Milk.
Coffee gets a bad rap because people tend to load it with sugar and heavy cream. And maybe more so because people tend to go overboard with their consumption ( may toe that line myself).
But, in moderation, coffee can be healthy for you as it’s full of antioxidants! It’s also an extremely low calorie drink – only 1 calorie in a cup – may aid in weight loss.
Just be sure to go easy on the high calorie extras by following these 3 simple tips to a healthy cup of coffee.
Yup, those crunchy snacks that are deep -fried can actually be quite healthy for you!
They contain roughly 15 grams of protein, 8 grams of fat and no carbs! The high protein content will help fill you up and keep you full between meals. While the fat is about half unsaturated with a good amount oleic acid, the same found in olive oil.
Potatoes get a bad rap because of their high carb count and they are higher up on the glycemic index scale.
But, potatoes can play an important role in your diet by providing essential minerals like potassium, as well as Vitamin C.
And if you’re still worried about the high glycemic index then simply put a little butter or cheese on your potato as the fat will help lower the GI.
The whole low fat craze of the 80’s really gave a lot of otherwise healthy foods a bad rap.
Peanut butter being one of those.
But, it’s important when analyzing a food that you look at the whole package of nutrients, not just one.
Peanut butter is a good source of filling protein, fiber and some vitamins and minerals.
And as far as fat is concerned, it’s chock full of the good monounsaturated fat!
Just be sure to find a low sugar and sodium version.
Eggs are typically shunned because of their high cholesterol content. But, what we now know is that while this may be true, they don’t affect blood cholesterol. In fact, eggs can actually increase HDL levels, aka the good cholesterol!
Eggs also contain a host of important nutrients like choline, lutein and zeaxanthin. Plus,they are high in protein and essential amino acids.