Top 10 foods you didn't know were healthy

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just want to eat healthily, there are probably some common foods that you have been told are bad for you. However, a lot of foods that you may think are too fattening or too high in cholesterol actually have some health benefits. So, you can indulge in these fine victuals without any guilt. Next time you’re hungry and want to stick to a healthy diet, try one of these options:

  1. Chocolate

No, this is not a joke. Chocolate is actually a healthy food. Dark chocolate is better than milk or white chocolate since dark has the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances that are good for your heart. One or two Dove dark chocolate squares make the perfect dessert for the health-conscious with a sweet tooth.

2. Cheese

Cheese has a bad rap for being a fattening, heart-threatening food choice, but there are many cheeses that offer lean protein, calcium and phosphorous. Next time you’re craving some, go for these lower calorie choices:

-        Feta – 74 calories, 4 grams of protein per one-ounce serving

-        Mozzarella string cheese – 71 calories, 7 grams of protein per one-ounce serving

-        Parmesan – 110 calories per one-ounce serving

-        Swiss – 106 calories, 7 grams of protein per one-ounce serving

-        Cottage cheese – 30 calories, 3 grams of protein per one-ounce serving

3. Popcorn

Stay away from the brands drenched in butter and salt (movie popcorn, ladies and gentleman), and you have yourself a healthy snack. Popcorn contains antioxidants, fiber and is entirely whole grain. Pick up Pop Secret’s 94 percent Fat Free Butter for a healthy choice that is still packed with flavor.

4. Beer

Next time you’re drinking a cold one (or even a warm, flat one in someone’s basement), pat yourself on the back for helping out your heart. Recent studies have shown that drinking about a pint a day can lower your risks of stroke, heart attack and other heart-related disease by up to 30 percent. Cheers!

5. Avocado

For a long time, avocados have been plagued with the “fattening” label.  While they are high in fat, it is monounsaturated fat, the kind that helps out your heart. Stick to monounsaturated fats, cut out saturated fats and you have got yourself a healthy diet.

6. Burgers

The key is to make sure that the cows were grass-fed. These burgers are chock full of Vitamin E, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are great for a healthy heart.

7. Coffee

You may have been told that coffee can stunt your growth and increase your risk of heart disease and cancer, but the truth is coffee is loaded with antioxidants and is believed to decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

8. Potatoes

Potatoes are notorious for being high in carbs, calories and starch, but they are also fat free and contain fiber, potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin B. To get the health benefits, keep the skin on when you eat them.

9. Eggs

The main reason eggs have a bad reputation is that they are high in cholesterol. However, they are also packed with protein and contain Vitamin D and Vitamin B12. Eat them without the yolks for added benefit and try to eat a maximum of one per day.

10. Ketchup

Ketchup is rich in lycopene, which can decrease your risk of heart disease. Slather it on a burger for a double heart benefit!

 

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