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Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Health & Beauty | 0 comments

10 Junk Foods That Aren’t Actually Bad for You

Junkfood that's actually good for you

In honor of National Junk Food Day, we give you 10 delicious “junk” foods that are, in fact, not that bad for you! Find them all at your local grocery store and don’t forget your coupons.

Pork Rinds
junk food Pork RindsSure they may be deep fried, salty and delicious. But they actually aren’t that bad for you. 43 percent of a pork rind’s fat is unsaturated, and most of that is oleic acid — the same healthy fat found in olive oil! It’s just pigskin, and if you can find it cooked other than with a deep fryer you’re golden!

Red Wine
junk food Red Wine
Sure we’re all afraid of developing a keg instead of a six-pack, but did you know red wine can help lower your risk of heart disease? Plus, Pinot Noir contains more disease-fighting antioxidants than any other type of alcoholic beverage.

Beef Jerky
junk food Beef Jerky
Step into the Slim Jim. For real. Beef Jerky is super high in protein and doesn’t raise you insulin levels — the hormone that signals your body to store fat. Look for a gourmet version or low sodium to reap the benefits.

Sour Cream
Sour Cream
Sour Cream gets a bad rap because the percentage of fat is high. However, 2 tablespoons of sour cream has half the calories in a single tablespoon of mayonnaise, and less saturated fat than a 12 oz glass of reduced fat milk.

Coconut
junk food Coconut
Sure it’s packed with saturated fat, but it’s the good kind. It’s lauric acid, which boosts good cholesterol (even if it does raise your LDL a little) and therefore helps decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease!

Chocolate
junk food Chocolate
It’s pretty common knowledge that cocoa is actually good for you, specifically dark chocolate. It’s known to help relax your blood vessels and improve blood flow to your heart. Therefore chocolate = healthy heart.

Butter
junk food Butter
Scientific studies show that butter actually helps the human body absorb vitamins, vitamins like A, D, E and K! Whipped butter will help you keep the calories down.

Hot Sauce
junk food Hot Sauce
Hot sauce contains capsaicin, an ingredient that can curb your appetite by lowering levels of ghrelin, the hormone that causes hunger, and by increasing levels of GLP-1 an appetite suppressant.

Cheez Whiz
Did you know Cheez Whiz is thought to fight cancer? Yep, that’s right. The natural trans-fat conjugated linoleic acid has anti-cancer attributes.

Popcorn
junk food Popcorn
Yep, popcorn! Sure it may be low in nutrition, but it is loaded with fiber and antioxidants that help shield against heart disease and some cancers.

What snack are you reaching for?

Information from hwww.menshealth.com and www.shape.com was used in this article.

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