Junk Foods That Are Good for You
Who knew that so many junk foods can actually benefit your health? Make sure you eat them in moderation, as part of a balanced diet!
Beer might seem to be the opposite of a healthy food, as it’s high in calories and loaded with carbs. But a glass once in a while actually has some benefits.
- Beer contains similar antioxidant levels to wine and can help prevent heart disease.
- Beer has high levels of silicon, which can strengthen your bones.
To gain the most benefit from beer, limit consumption to no more than one, 12 ounce beer per day for women, and two for men. Also keep in mind that dark beers tend to have more antioxidants.
It would surely seem that pork rinds, which are made from deep fried pig skin, are a junk food. But check out these surprising health stats:
- High in protein
- Contain less fat than a serving of potato chips
- Rich in oleic acid, the healthy fat that’s in olive oil
Don’t go reaching for them in place of your carrot sticks, but at least know you are getting something out of them when you do decide to indulge. Click on for more stereotypically unhealthy foods that actually have some health benefits!
Because it is high in fat and sugar, chocolate tends to be automatically lumped in with other junk foods. However, dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which are great for your heart and cardiovascular system.
Try to limit consumption to 100 grams or less of plain dark chocolate, containing at least 60 percent cocoa, per day. The milk and white varieties don’t have the same health benefits.
Beef jerky has a reputation as an unhealthy meat full of preservatives. But because it is high in protein and contains iron and zinc, it makes a great snack between meals.
When choosing beef jerky, look for natural brands that don’t contain MSG or sodium nitrate, and that have low sodium levels.
Ketchup is often thought of as a junk food (and is eaten along with many other junk foods), as it is high in salt and sugar. But we forget that it is made from real cooked tomatoes, which are an excellent source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may lower your risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Organic brands of ketchup tend to contain more lycopene. But even though this condiment does have some benefits, you should still eat it (and the foods it pairs well with) in moderation.
It’s no wonder that popcorn is thought of as a junk food, considering that most of us eat this puffy white food drenched in butter and salt at the movie theater. Popcorn is actually a whole grain that has lots of fiber, as well as polyphenols and antioxidants that prevent cell damage and may fight disease.
Popcorn can be part of a healthy diet when consumed in moderation, with only a little oil or butter added.