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5 Foods That are Surprisingly Good For You

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It seems like ideas about what is good or bad for you change constantly, and it usually means that some food you love is now on the "bad" list. But a lot of recent studies actually point toward some "guilty pleasures" no longer having to be quite so guilty.

Wine and beer: Moderate drinking, meaning one glass of wine or pint of beer, is actually associated with a  lower risk of heart disease. That's not an excuse to get wasted, however; heavy drinking puts your heart at risk. Darker beverages, like red wine or dark beer, have more healthy compounds.

Coffee: Periodically, it seems like everyone in my Facebook feed goes off coffee for some reason. However, coffee is actually associated with lower risk of diseases like liver cancer, Parkinson's and type 2 diabetes. Like anything else, moderation is key, and that sugar-laden, high-calorie double mocha frap whip whatever? Not so great.

Chocolate: This was happy, happy news for many of us; dark chocolate actually has many health benefits from the flavanoids in cacao. About an ounce a day is good, and the higher cacao levels, the better.

Fat: The fat-free craze of the 1990s is about over, thank goodness, since a lot of those foods just replaced fat with huge amounts of sugar. There's lots to love about makes you feel satisfied so you eat less, helps your body access fat-soluble vitamins, and healthy fats actually lower your disease risk. Olive oil, nuts, seeds and fish are rich in good fats, and taste delicious as well.

Popcorn: This movie-night staple is a whole grain, filling and high in fiber. It's also a very concentrated source of polyphenols, or healthy plant compounds. If you can manage not to drown it in butter or overdo the salt, it's pretty low-cal as well, only about 100 calories a serving for air popped popcorn. And it's also a good snack in terms of volume: you can get about two cups of popcorn for the same calories as a handful of chips, which makes you feel like you've eaten a lot when you haven't.

What's your favorite "not-so-guilty pleasure" food?

by on Apr. 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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by Member on Apr. 25, 2013 at 4:23 PM

My favorite food is chocolate.

by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 1:37 AM
I prefer coffee and chocolate. I love mixing the cocoa
powder in milk / cereal / coffee. but the doctor
said, when we drink a glass of coffee/chocolate, we also have to drink a glass of plain water or more :)
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by Bronze Member on Apr. 27, 2013 at 3:48 PM


by Bronze Member on Apr. 27, 2013 at 3:48 PM

I'm all over the coffee!!

by Bronze Member on Apr. 27, 2013 at 3:49 PM
Quoting RoyalBlossom:

So a red wine, with pocorn with bits of dark chocolate is good for my body. I'm in lol.

Sounds good to me!!

by on Apr. 30, 2013 at 5:44 AM

Popcorns are something  I love. I guess I can have  them all the time. I have Chocolates after lunch and dinner , but I stick to dark chocolates only. I also have flax seeds and wheat grass juice daily.

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