Yep, you heard me! Shape Magazine just released an article about 15 junk foods that have some healthy qualities to them. I am all for this! In college, my roommate, Jenna, was a super healthy eater, so whenever I wanted her to try something (such as cookies) I would have to spin it for her. Ex: “Chocolate is good for your heart!” Now, I don’t need any excuses! I have listed below some of my favorites that aren’t as well known (like red wine and dark chocolate):
My mom actually refuses to eat the blue M&Ms, but maybe she will now! Supposedly, the blue dye actually helps fix damage done in spinal injuries. Scientists injected it into mice and they were able to walk/recovered faster than other mice.
This one was kind of a shocker. I love butter, but I always hear how bad it is for you. Supposedly, butter helps your body absorb vitamins. Stick to whipped butter though because it has fewer calories.
I don’t really use hot sauce, but I love salsa. Supposedly, it has capsaicin, a compound that reduces hunger cravings. I can see this as being true because once I eat a lot of chips and salsa at Mexican restaurants I am no longer hungry when my food arrives ;o)
Popcorn is low in calories, but it is also low in nutrients. However, it does have the most polyphenols of any snack food. Polyphenols are an antioxidant that helps prevent cancer and heart disease. It also has a lot of fiber.
Everyone knows that red wine if good for your heart, but a lot of people forget about beer. Did you know that some marathons actually give beer out at the end of the race?! Anyway, having one to two beers in moderation is actually good for you because it has the same antioxidants as wine does just in a different form (hops and barley instead of grapes). Beer also has a lot of silicon in it which helps increase bone mineral density.
Eating non-fat dressing actually makes you eat more sugar which is what they put in place of the fat in dressings. Plus, the fat actually helps you absorb the nutrients in all the veggies!
KetchupThis one is dedicated to my friend Jenna who loves ketchup on her ketchup! Ketchup is actually full of lycopene, which helps lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Organic ketchup is best because it has 60% more lycopene than the regular kinds of ketchup.