I’m a huge snacker. My secret indulgence is kit-kat bars (but I may need to switch to M&M’s after researching for this post!) and I really try not to bring foods into the house that I know are going to sabotage my health. I enjoy researching for posts like this because it’s always good to have information about foods…especially if it makes me feel less guilty about my sweet tooth.
So, before you swear off all junk foods, read this list of 8
junk foods that actually can benefit your health! Then, once you begin to allow your cravings to get the best of you, go ahead and read my post about 10 healthy foods for weight loss. That ought to counteract the results of this post. Of course, I still believe that common sense and moderation is key. perhaps this list will make you feel less guilty if your favorite snack ends up on this list. Read on to see the list of foods as well as their benefits to your health!
I know you’re thinking about all those food dyes when you see M&M’s. But oddly enough, the blue food dye found in M&Ms (the same stuff in blue Gatorade) could help heal spinal cord injuries, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that when they injected the compound Brilliant Blue G (BBG) into rats suffering from spine injuries, it sped up their recovery and increased their ability to walk.
Personally, I think butter has gotten a bad wrap. It’s much more redeeming than many people think and deserves due credit. When it comes to butter, the real, full fat stuff is best. Studies show that the fat in butter helps our bodies to better absorb vitamins, like vitamins A, D, E, and K. In fact, Kourtney Kardashian eats a tablespoon of ghee, a purified form of butter, each morning and I don’t think she looks like it has increased her weight!
I’m not a big fan of this stuff, but I know it’s a popular snack. However, did you know that a 1-ounce serving of pork rinds provides 17 grams of protein?! This amount is nearly nine times the protein in a serving of regular potato chips. Additionally, most of the puffy snack’s fat is oleic acid, which is the same healthy fat you’ll find in extra virgin olive oil.
Aside from its significant source of silicon, a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density, beer contains antioxidants equivalent to red wine. The barley and hops contained in beer are more varied than the flavanoids in grapes, and as it turns out, beer isn’t as unhealthy as you thought. Drink in moderation as it contains nearly 200 calories per serving.
When it comes to chocolate, dark chocolate is your best option as it contains flavanoids found in tea, red wine, and beer. Chocolate contains tons of antioxidants, mood boosting components, and it could potentially decrease cholesterol and memory loss. This is a good thing as the average American eats nearly 10 pounds of chocolate yearly!
As with most things, the full fat version of sour cream is actually the healthiest. Sour cream is surprisingly low in sodium. Topping your baked potato or stuffing your burrito with a couple of tablespoons of full-fat sour cream, will add just 50 calories to your meal (not to mention delicious extra flavor) and only around 2 grams of saturated fat…less than you’d get from drinking a 12-ounce glass of 2 percent milk.
This fluffy snack is low in calories, so it’s natural to think that popcorn is lacking in nutrition, as well. However, this movie snack is full of fiber and has high levels of polyphenols, antioxidants that can protect against heart disease and certain cancers. In fact, research shows that popcorn has the highest polyphenol level of all snack foods. This is a snack worth eating!
You’ll feel less sad when you see your kid rubbing his scrambled eggs in a gallon of ketchup after knowing this…at least I do. Since it’s made from tomatoes, ketchup is loaded with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can lower your risk for cardiovascular disease. While all ketchup is a great source of this super substance, a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that organic ketchup contains up to 60 percent more lycopene per gram than the non-organic variety. So, if buying organic makes you feel better about your kids and their french fry side, go for it!
There you have it! I hope this information adds some excitement to your snacking habits. Don’t guilt yourself when eating some of these foods. Now you can indulge in good conscience!