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SHHH: 8 ‘Unhealthy’ Foods That Are Secretly Good For You  was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

1. Are You Going To Eat That?

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

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

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

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. Eggs

Eggs

Eggs do not contribute to heart disease or stroke in healthy individuals at all. Eggs raise our good (HDL) cholesterol numbers and change the bad (LDL) cholesterol from small and dense to large and benign. Eggs are also high in iron and protein and two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthine, which protect against age-related eye disorders like macular degeneration and cataracts. Cage-free is the way to go.

6. Sourdough Bread

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.

7. Bacon

Bacon

Bacon is amazing on any and everything. Many health nuts would request that you leave bacon behind for that papery tasting and looking turkey bacon, but here’s the thing–it’s not bad for you! Well, if you keep it to one to two pieces a week and trim the fat.

8. Potatoes

Potatoes

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.

9. Coffee

Coffee

Health nuts typically shun coffee, especially when it’s loaded up with sugar, milk, flavor, etc. Coffee actually has a ton of antioxidants and two to three cups reduces heart disease risk factors.

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