SHHH: 8 ‘Unhealthy’ Foods That Are Secretly Good For You was originally published on hellobeautiful.com
1. Are You Going To Eat That?
The world is filled with health nuts who swear by their dietary restrictions. Don’t eat this, eat that and vice versa. However, there’s a few food items that have been thought of as unhealthy, but that are actually healthy.
Don’t believe me? Check out this list!
2. Red Meat
Red meat in a healthy diet improves cholesterol levels. Stearic acid (a saturated fatty acid) and oleic acid (a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat) may play a role in those “good” HDL cholesterol changes. Beef has a heart-healthy blend of fats. Choose lean cuts (strip, sirloin, tenderloin, or T-bone steaks, and 95 percent lean ground beef) to control calories.
3. Hot Chocolate
This does not mean go buy a box of Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix. Nor does it mean to rush off to your local Dunkin Donuts. Try making hot chocolate with raw cacao or pure cocoa powder with a small amount of milk and water.
4. Whole Milk Yogurt
Low-fat, skim, almond, coconut, soy…the list goes on. For years, health nuts have been leading us away from plain old whole milk, telling us these others are better options. However, many low-fat dairy options contain loads of sugar to compensate for the loss of flavor. Not to mention, there’s high-quality protein as well as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in whole milk. Put that skim down!
5. Sourdough Bread
Unlike regular white bread, the processing of sourdough means that it has a relatively low glycemic index, meaning it releases its glucose more slowly into the bloodstream. All the better if you can pick up a multigrain or soy and linseed loaf.
With fewer carbs (just 20 grams per serve) than the average serve of pasta or rice, a single potato in the jacket is another nutrient-rich, extremely satiating food — just watch the added butter, sour cream, cheese, etc.