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5 Foods Surprisingly Good For You


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Posted On: Oct 01, 2016

5 Foods Surprisingly Good For You

It's important to try to keep eating healthy while you are grieving, but of course that's a time when it's harder than ever. You want comfort food because you want comfort, period.

Fortunately, for those of us not naturally inclined to crave kale, kiwi, and carrots, there are foods that you might not expect to be particularly good for you, but actually are, at least in moderation. Turns out, you CAN have your cake and eat it, too - just not with cake.

Beef jerky

Dehydrating meat doesn't mean that it loses its protein. It doesn't, so beef jerky has plenty. But it gets even better than that. Many proteins trigger insulin, which is not just a matter for diabetics. Insulin is a naturally occurring hormone that yells out “store this fat! Store this fat!” to the body. Beef jerky does not trigger insulin, so you're less likely to put on the pounds by snacking on it. You can eat beef jerky with even less guilt if you find a low sodium variety.


Personally, potato chips are my weakness. Other people go berserk for sweets or pasta, but I like savory snacks that I can munch on throughout the day.

My salvation is popcorn – a cup of it just 30 calories. There are a number of low-calorie oils and flavors you can get, and you can make it healthier still by dispensing with the microwave and getting an air popper, or popping it on the stove top.  Popcorn is also high in antioxidants and fiber.

Peanut Butter

There's a pretty good chance you're already aware that peanuts are pretty good for you, and you'll be happy to know that converting it to peanut butter – as delicious as that is – does not really dilute that nutrition. Peanut butter has been shown to keep levels of cholesterol and triglycerides down, and hence, lowers a person risk of heart disease. It also really sticks to your ribs and keeps you feeling full longer than other healthy foods.


Not only can you healthily have a cup of coffee every day, but you can have SEVERAL – The American Medical Association tells us that people who drink between four to six cups of coffee a day have 28% fewer cases of Type 2 diabetes than the rest of the population. That's too big of a difference – and the American Medical Association is too respectable and rigorous an organization – for that to be a coincidence. So go ahead, drink up. Make it healthier still by subbing out cream with almond milk.


You probably already know that some fats are good for you and some are not. What you might not know is duck has a great ratio of good fats to bad fats; 63% of duck fat is saturated fat, which sounds bad (and certainly isn't GOOD) but it does beat out beef and most other meats. And duck has a naturally smoky, delicious profile that is hard to extract from other meats without rendering it unhealthy Bon appetit!