If you’ve just said no to chocolate, red meat, egg yolks, and more, it’s time to rethink your diet. There’s a whole list of “bad” foods that were unfairly judged back in the day and they’ve been scoffed at by healthy eaters ever since. But the truth is that these unprocessed foods, in moderation, pack in lots of health benefits without the guilt. So click on for bad foods that are actually good for you.
No, a pound of asado won’t do your body good but the right kind of red meat has plenty of protein, iron, zinc, and vitamin B12 , according to Woman’s Day. When the craving strikes, enjoy extra lean ground sirloin, which has 4.5 grams of fat per 3-ounce serving. Other lean cuts include eye of round, tenderloin, and flank steak. Bonus if you go for grass-feed beef: research has shown it’s lower in saturated fat and higher in Omega-3s than traditional beef.
This is a biggie. Most people assume that since some chocolate is loaded with sugar and fat, all chocolate is off limits. But according to Eating Well, dark chocolate contains tons of flavanols, heart healthy antioxidants and recent research found that eating an ounce and a half of chocolate every day for two weeks reduced stress. So pick up a bar of fair trade dark chocolate and enjoy a nibble every few days.
Enjoy your happy hour without worry. Beer has no fat, cholesterol, or nitrates, reports Self. And in fact has tons of magnesium, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, calcium, biotin, and more. And moderate beer drinking (one per day for women) can help lower the risk of heart disease. You do want to watch out for the carbs and calories but everything in moderation, we say.
Don’t run for the hills if a potato-accented dish hits the table. We know carb-free is a diet fad that won’t fade soon but potatoes are a good source of carbs, vitamins C and B-6, folate, and fiber, reports Woman’s Day. The key is to eat a thoughtful portion, cooked in a healthy way. A few 1-inch slices of baked potatoes will do just fine.
People think that coffee has no nutritional value and even worse, slows down healthy habits (like a good night’s sleep). But studies have shown that compounds in coffee can help reduce the risk of dementia, diabetes, and liver cancer, reports Eating Well. So go ahead and enjoy a cup or two per day, but watch the milk and sugar you’re pouring in.
Almond, coconut, oat, hemp… what’s the deal with milk?! If you like the old fashioned cow’s milk variety, don’t fret. Cow’s milk has 8 grams of protein per cup, reports Self, and one third of the daily requirement of vitamin D and calcium. So enjoy it over cereal, in oatmeal, or on it’s own, just like when you were a kid.
How many egg yolks are thrown out every morning, we wonder? Eggs and especially those bright yellow yolks have long been thought to raise cholesterol. But according to the Harvard University Gazette, an egg day won’t affect your levels at all. And egg yolks are high in protein, unsaturated fats, and almost every other vitamin mineral and you can think off (except for vitamin C). So go head and enjoy one runny, luscious sunny side up egg for breakfast tomorrow.s
Those old school heads of iceberg lettuce are nothing to scoff at. They definitely don’t offer the nutrition of dark leafy greens but they’re low in calorie and packed with water, meaning you can load up your salad with lots of extra lean proteins and low sugar veggies. And about two cups gives you a bit of folate and calcium, reports Woman’s Day.