Some Junk Foods that are actually good for you

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Everyone craves junk food since junk foods are very appealing to everyone. Though we know we shouldn't eat much junk food yet a recent study has proved that some particular junk foods contain good amounts of antioxidants and they can in fact be good for the heart. These unhealthy junk foods are less harmful than most options out there; you just have to know which to choose. Some examples of these helpful junk foods are...

POPCORN


It may be the best snack to enjoy with movies, but popcorn also helps control the evening snack craving. Since it's a whole grain, and it's bulky so you'll feel like you're eating more than you really are. A bowl of home-made popcorn is even better snack as it is low on calories, no fats, and high on antioxidants.

SWEET POTATO FRIES


If there's an option to choose sweet potato in place of regular white potato, always go for it, especially in french fries as you will end up having healthy junk food. Sweet potatoes have more fiber and a massive amount of vitamin A compared to the normal white potato fries.

POPSICLES


While fruit popsicles have sugar, they generally have no fat or calories. They are kind of fruit-flavored ice. They also come prepackaged in single servings, so you're less likely to eat more than the recommended amount. Plus Popsicles are great for summers.

SALSA


Chips and salsa have become universal since the 1980s. Though Salsa seems unhealthy but it actually full of vegetables, making it a healthier dip than its creamy counterparts. Plus, you'll get a huge boost of lycopene, plenty of fibers, antioxidants, and vitamins too.

CRACKERS


There are many different kinds of whole wheat and grain crackers available, which can be a good and healthy evening munch without worrying about the side-effects that other junk foods cause.

DARK CHOCOLATE BROWNIES


Yes, it is certainly good news notably for people with a sweet tooth. Since Dark chocolate is certified to be good for the heart and if it's paired with a whole wheat brownie and some nuts, it becomes rich in fiber as well.

TORTILLA CHIPS


Tortilla chips tend to have less fat and calories per ounce than normal potato chips. Yes, that includes Doritos too, which has 140 calories and 8 grams of fat per serving. So next time you need a salty, crunchy snack, go for the tortilla chips.

RED WINE


Resveratrol, an ingredient in red wine, which is effective enough to fight against life-threatening infections in your body. The antioxidants in red wine can help in preventing heart disease and cancer too. For non-drinkers, grape juice or even red grapes can be as effective. So as long as you drink red wine in balance, it can be good for your health.

PROCESSED CHEESE


Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is found in many types of meat, milk, and cheese products. But a recent study that concentrated specifically on processed cheese found that CLA has anti-carcinogenic properties is an effective antioxidant that can ward off illness like cancer. The study says processed cheese contains more CLA than natural cheese, such as cheddar. Also snacking on an ounce or two of cheese will give you a boost of calcium and protein. Pair cheese with fruit or nuts for extra vitamins.

DARK CHOCOLATE


Dark chocolate contains high amounts of antioxidants, less sugar than milk chocolate, rich in polyphenols, catechins and flavanols. When that chocolate craving hits, reach for dark chocolate. It also helps to lower the blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart disease as well if you eat around 100 grams a day.

- Source: cheapism, timesofindia
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