5 unhealthy foods with surprisingly healthy benefits
By Melissa Brodsky
Whether we are watching our weight or just all around health, there are many foods that so many of us steer clear of, despite the fact that we — and our kids — love them. Well, surprisingly, many of the foods we once thought to be killers actually are undeserving of their awful reputations.
Bacon: Bacon, once thought of as a total no-no, bacon actually has some healthy benefits. Of course, the bacon must be nitrate free but, it also has been shown to alleviate diabetes, heart disease and strokes. The ration of fat to protein is 4:1. Bacon has choline which boosts memory and brain function.
Butter: Organic butter from grass-fed animals can increase energy and may aid in cancer prevention. Butyric acid is found in butter which is beneficial for cellular health, anti-oxidant protection and metabolic properties.
BBQ: Grass-fed and hormone-free meats and chicken are preferred cuts, but protein provides nutrients your body needs and craves. The sauces that often come with BBQ meats are typically high in sugar and the buns? Hello, carbs. But go ahead and eat up this summer — BBQ does your body good.
Omelets: Eggs aren’t nearly as unhealthy for you as they were once believed to be. Crammed full of essential vitamins and minerals, eggs, particularly organic eggs, are perhaps one of the purest forms of protein you can eat. The good news is, you can eat omelets, quiche and anything else with eggs with no need to worry — the good completely outweighs the negative when it comes to an egg.
Ice cream: There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a nice cold bowl of ice cream, and it’s exciting to know there are some options out there that aren’t going to clog your arteries! Organic ice cream made with the yolk, heavy cream and natural sweeteners can be good for you. No, they aren’t exactly diet-friendly, but something when something tastes this good, who cares?