Unhealthy foods with healthy benefits
Beef with mash potato and a glass of wine

Unhealthy Foods with Health Benefits

One of the unhealthy foods with health benefits that amazed me was something as simple as popcorn. Spokesman Jim White for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics said: “Many foods that have been scrutinized for being harmful can actually fit into a healthy diet.”

  1. Red Meat

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    Can Red meat really be healthy for you? Photo Source: Gopaleo

    Beef, pork, lamb, duck, veal, goat, venison, and horse are all red meat. Too much red meat is not good for everyone but eating red meat in moderation might helps us in various ways.

    Health Benefits: Rich in heme iron, zinc, and vitamin B12
    Heme iron: Our body easily absorbs heme iron and red meat is great for anemic individuals.
    Vitamin B12: B12 helps our body to make DNA and helps to keep our nerve and red blood cells healthy.
    Zinc: Keeps our immune system working properly.
    Protein: Protein helps to make our bones strong and build our muscles. The best health benefits come from lean meat which means every 1 ounce of meat should contain less than 3 grams of fat.

  2. Is coffee healthy for you?

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    Is Coffee healthy for you?  Photo Source: CNN

    According to a study published in November 2015 in Circulation – Individuals who drink between 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day have a 15% lower risk of dying early than those who do not drink coffee.

    Other research stated that coffee can help to decrease type 2 diabetes and the risk of having a stroke. Others mention that drinking one cup of coffee before exercising can help to boost your performance. This does not mean that we can go and drink loads of coffee, 5 cups should be the limit for the day for coffee lovers.

    Health Benefits: 
    Help protect against type 2 diabetes
    Decrease chance of having Parkinson’s disease
    Helps to prevent liver disease
    Help to prevent liver cancer
    Helps to promote a healthy heart

  3. Peanut Butter

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    Can you eat peanut butter and lose weight?  Photo Source: WomensHealthMag

    Peanut butter has a lot of fats but it also contains healthy unsaturated fats, fiber, and protein which makes it healthy. Please read peanut butter labels and avoid buying peanut butter with sugar added. About 1 tablespoon of peanut butter contains about 100 calories.

    Health Benefits:
    A serving of peanut butter has:
    3 mg of vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant
    49 mg of magnesium which helps to build your bone
    208 mg of potassium which helps our muscle
    0.17 mg of vitamin B6 which boost our immunity

    Peanut butter can decrease your risk of heart disease, chronic health problems, and diabetes.

  4. Bread

    what is whole grain?
    Is whole grain good for you? Photo Source: CalorieSecrets

    We can lower our risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and colon cancer by eating two to three servings of whole grains every day. Multigrain bread may contain processed grain which we do not want so please read labels and get whole grain bread or whole wheat bread.

    Health Benefits:
    Whole grain contains fiber
    Whole grain contains tons of nutrients including protein
    Whole grain contains vitamin B6
    Whole grain contains antioxidants
    Whole grain contains a small amount of iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium

    Whole diets can potentially decrease your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and various cancer.

  5. Eggs

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    Brown Eggs Vs. White Eggs for Nutrition  Photo Source: Livestrong

    Researchers have concluded that eggs can be considered part of a healthy diet because high levels of saturated fats in our blood are mainly from meat and not eggs. Registered dietitian, Janal Funk told U.s. news that “While eggs’ protein is in the white of the egg, the yolk, which many people toss out, contains vitamin D and choline, two important nutrients that are not found in many foods.”

    Health Benefits:
    Rich sources of selenium,
    Egg contains vitamin D
    Egg contains B6
    Egg contains B12
    Egg contains choline
    Egg contains zinc, iron, and copper-protein

  6. Sports Drinks

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    Are Sports Drinks Worth It This Summer?  Photo Source: Texas

    We know that most sports drinks contain too much sugar which is unhealthy and could cause diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, and our teeth to decay.

    Sports drinks help to replenish our fluids and electrolytes in our body. Research shows that young athletes drink more fluid during practice id their drink is flavored. Sports drinks are recommended for those who are physically active so it can replace nutrients and those who are not physically active to stick to water.

    Health Benefits:
    Sports drinks contain electrolytes which are minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, chloride, phosphorous and calcium.

  7. Butter

    Is butter good for your health?
    Is butter good or bad for you?  Photo source: Thriftyfun

    Butter has been mentioned in this article as a bad thing but it contains good fats and vitamins that can help you feel fuller longer. Butter is good for you but in moderation which means we should only consume about one to two tablespoon of butter a day.

    Health Benefits:
    Butter is rich in fat-soluble vitamins
    Butter contains healthy saturated fats
    Butter can lower your risk of heart attack compared to margarine
    Butter can lower your risk of obesity
    Butter is rich in Conjugated Linoleic Acid

  8. Popcorn

    Popcorn, healthy or not?
    Have you had your popcorn today? Photo source: Daily

    Popcorn is a whole grain and can be healthy as long as you do not drench it in loads of butter and hydrogenated oil. Try to eat 100-calorie packs of popcorn or make your own.

    Health Benefits: Health Benefits: Contains an impressive amount of magnesium, fiber, vitamin B complex, polyphenolic compounds, antioxidant, manganese. Popcorn helps to regulate our blood sugar
    Popcorn helps prevent premature aging
    Popcorn helps lower our cholesterol levels
    Popcorn helps improve our digestive process
    Popcorn helps protect against osteoporosis
    Popcorn helps inhibit cognitive decline
    Popcorn helps prevent cancer
    Popcorn help you lose/manage weight

  9. White Potatoes

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    10 health benefits of potatoes  Photo source: Pinterest

    White potato is a good source of vitamin B6 which helps to develop our brain into a healthy brain and helps with brain function. Potatoes are healthy as long as you do not add on tons of butter, sour cream, bacon bits, and cheese.

    Health Benefits:
    White potato contains vitamin B6
    White potato contains potassium
    White potato contains copper
    White potato contains vitamin C
    White potato contains manganese
    White potato contains phosphorus
    White potato contains niacin
    White potato contains dietary fiber

  10. Wine

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    Surprising benefits of red wine  Photo source: Organicfacts

    Red wine has an ingredient called Resveratrol which helps to prevent blood clots and helps to prevent our red blood vessels from becoming damaged. Resveratrol also helps to lower our bad cholesterol so drink in moderation because drinking too much wine can increase your chance of health problems, and getting injured.

    Females should consume one glass of wine daily and males can consume two glass of wine daily. Everyone should drink a glass of water for every glass of wine he/she consumes because wine can dehydrate your body.

    Health Benefits:
    Wine contains antioxidants
    Wine boosts the immune system
    Wine increases bone density
    Wine reduces the risk of stroke
    Wine reduces the risk of heart disease
    Wine can lower cholesterol
    Wine reduces the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
    Wine reduce the risk of cancer
    Wine improves cognitive function
    Wine promotes longevity

  11. Chocolate

    IS dark chocolate good for you?
    What is dark chocolate?  Photo source: Amazon

    There are many types of chocolate and not all chocolate taste the same and has the same nutritious benefits. There are so many kinds that are drenched in sugar, marshmallow, caramel and other unhealthy items.

    Dark chocolate containing at least 70% cacao contains antioxidants that are good for our hearts. Dark chocolate contains fiber and magnesium. Dark chocolate also has a lower amount of sugar than milk chocolate but that does not mean you can eat all the dark chocolate you want because we have to learn to eat everything in moderation.
    Health Benefits:
    Chocolate is an antioxidant-rich superfood
    Chocolate aides with blood pressure and blood sugar
    Chocolate protects disease-causing Free Radicals
    Chocolate might help prevent cancer
    Chocolate helps to improve your heart health
    Chocolate helps to improve your Cognitive Function

I was amazed at all of these unhealthy foods with health benefits!!!