We all need to indulge once in a while, and few things are better to indulge in than junk food. Junk Food lights up the pleasure centers in our brain and is actually addictive like many illegal drugs or cigarettes. Are there any positive effects of junk food? Turns out, for some of it, there are a couple benefits. Here’s our healthy junk food: 25 Surprising Junk Foods That Are Actually Good For You.
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While one would assume nothing you can grab at the gas station would be a “good” eating option, Beef Jerky is actually pretty darn good for you, as far as snacks go. It’s mostly protein with little to no sugar, so it makes you feel fuller longer, and it doesn’t spike your blood sugar. Just watch the added salt content.
Red Meat has been blamed for almost every health boogeyman one can imagine, from heart attacks to cancer. However, more recent studies have shown that the there is not enough data to support a clear connection between eating red meat and things like cancer, stroke and heart disease. There’s also no consistent evidence showing that eating red meat greatly raises cholesterol levels. Red meat does, however, for sure, contain one of the most easily absorbed forms of Vitamin D, which is is good for bone and breast health. It also contains Zinc, which is far more easily absorbed than the iron in dark green veggies. Grass fed beef has a high content of something called “conjugated linoleic acid,” which can aid in fat loss. So have a steak if that’s what you’re craving because it may be just what your body needs.
Marmite & Vegemite
Marmite and Vegemite may not be a big deal in the US, but in the UK and Australia they’ve got a cult-like following. They’re slightly different versions of a salty sticky goo made from yeast and salt. They’re also jam packed with B vitamins and folate (folate prevents birth defects in fetuses). There’s actually so much iron in these products that in the 1930’s it was found to be useful in the treatment of anemia. Someone might say, “What if I have no food delivery near me?” Simply purchase it online.
Beer is actually good for you! No, that doesn’t mean get a six pack of Natty Ice on the way home every night, but moderate beer consumption may help with things like digestion and even cancer preventing (though studies on cancer have only been done in rats, so far). Hops also have anti-inflammatory properties which come through in beer. In addition, studies have found that those who have half a drink to two drinks daily have a 25% lower risk of heart disease.
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