7 Surprisingly Healthy Foods
Beef jerky, who knew?
A few weeks ago we told you about seven “healthy” foods that are actually pretty crappy for you. It’s not all bad, though. Turns out, some foods we thought were off-limits are actually full of health benefits.
Rejoice, then eat one of these seven not-so-sinful snacks.
If you’re like us, you’re picturing gross gas station Slim Jims, loaded with preservatives and sodium. But if you go a little more upscale--say, brands like The New Primal and Epic--you can actually find a high-protein, low-calorie snack (one 28-gram serving of Epic’s Bison Bites contains just 100 calories)--that's also pretty darn tasty. test
Natural grape juice (that doesn't come from a kindergarten juice box) has many of the same health benefits as red wine: Its "flavonoids" help prevent the oxidation of bad cholesterol, and it can also lower your risk of developing blood clots.
As anyone who has ever suffered through an egg-white omelette knows, the yolk is definitely the tastiest part. And, turns out, it's not bad for you either. Long story short: Eggs don't contain the cholesterol that causes heart disease, but you do get essential vitamins and minerals (like vitamins A, D and B12), as well as folate and iron.
Before you get too excited and binge on that bag of deep-fried Ruffles, know that not all chips are created equal. While most contain a laundry list of harmful ingredients, some, like these babies, are made from a few simple ingredients (in this case, sweet potatoes, sunflower oil and sea salt). The good guys are also loaded with vitamin A (like, 90 percent of the daily recommended amount).
You shouldn’t be eating a whole jar of the stuff, since it is high in fat and calories. But choose one with only one ingredient (peanuts, duh), and a serving or two is actually pretty healthy. It’s a great source of potassium, which lowers the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.
Frozen fruits and vegetables
Not that you thought frozen veggies were actively bad for you... but did you know that, in some ways, they're better than the room-temperature variety? Why? Well, since fruits and veggies are flash-frozen at their peak freshness, they're packaged at their nutritional best--unlike the "fresh" fruit at your local supermarket, which was probably picked before it had fully ripened.
peanut butter cups
Speaking of peanut butter, turns out it's pretty good for you even when it's wrapped in chocolate. Unreal Candy's dark chocolate peanut butter cups provide a healthy dose of antioxidants and are gluten-, soy- and GMO-free as well. Go ahead, indulge.