10 Junk Foods That Aren’t Actually Bad for You
Who doesn’t love junk food? Sure we’d like to think we eat healthily, but we are definitely guilty of making a bowl of popcorn at 10 pm. In honor of our desire to do better, we give you 10 delicious “junk” foods that are, in fact, not that bad for you!
Bonus: Find them all at your local grocery store and don’t forget your coupons.
Sure 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!
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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?