4 Guilty Pleasure Food that are Actually Good For You

9th December 2015

Several celebrities tied the knot this year – through magazine and television coverage, we got to witness the union of our favorite public figures! Many people gushed over the wedding gown designs, beautiful ceremonies, and receptions. But a lot of people also salivated over the wedding catering. After all, there’s no better time to indulge in some guilty pleasure food than during weddings.

Surprisingly, there are some types of food that are thought of as unhealthy but are actually good for you! The next time you are out celebrating a wedding or birthday of family or friend, remember that you don’t have to shy away from the following food:

Dark Chocolate

dark chocolate

Chocolate has a reputation for being bad for you, but dark chocolate actually isn’t!

Sure dark chocolate contains caffeine and tyramine – the latter being a natural chemical that is associated with migraines – but it has other healthy ingredients as well. For instance, it contains flavanols. Flavanols are antioxidant properties that help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. It can also help reduce bad cholesterol, as well as lower your blood pressure! In fact, a study was published involving overweight individuals and how consuming dark chocolate has helped decrease their blood pressure while improving their blood vessel health.

This yummy desert also has cocoa which can help improve your circulation and reduce your risk of developing diabetes.

Popcorn

popcorn

Popcorn contains carbohydrates that might raise your blood sugar. But do you know that by changing a few things about its toppings, this can actually be healthy?

Forget the heavily flavored popcorn (extra cheese, anyone?) that you usually see in stands outside movie theaters. Popcorn without toppings is actually a snack that is high in fiber and low in cholesterol.

This snack contains phytonutrients which allows for optimal cellular function and communication. Popcorn can help you detoxify foreign substances in your body and build a strong immune system. Aside from that, it improves muscle function and helps create healthier tissues and organ systems.

Pork Rinds

pork rinds

People think this snack is unhealthy because it is cut from the pigskin and then deep-fried. But do you know that a 1 ounce serving of pork rinds is healthier than a pack of potato chips? Yes, an ounce of this delicious snack contains 17 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat, and absolutely no carbohyrates at all. That’s 9 times the amount of protein (and less fat) that you’ll get in a pack of chips!

Most of pork rinds’ unsaturated fat is oleic acid. This is healthy and can also be found in olive oil. Also, of its fat content, 13% is stearic acid. This saturated fat is considered harmless and does not raise the cholesterol level of your body.

Beef Jerky

beef jerky

Beef jerky is believed to be unhealthy because it has lots of preservatives and is high in sodium. In truth though, this snack is not only high in protein, it also doesn’t raise your insulin level! Insulin is a hormone that signals your body to store fat. Which means that this is an ideal snack if you are trying to lose weight.

Some beef jerky brands contain MSG and sodium nitrate. But there are some which uses all-natural ingredients for a reduced total sodium content. When shopping, just remember to check the packaging to see if you are buying a chemical-free beef jerky or not.

It turns out that a lot of foods that we have always perceived to be unhealthy are actually healthy. Now, you can eat dark chocolate, popcorn, pork rinds, or beef jerky without feeling guilty!

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