5 “Unhealthy” Foods That Aren’t


Evan Chen, Contreebitory

We often label foods as “unhealthy” if they contain fats or sugars, but that isn’t always the case. I’ve written a story about foods you thought were healthy, but are not, so here goes an article about the exact opposite subject, unhealthy foods that aren’t.

1. Chocolate

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While chocolate may be high in calories, it does contain antioxidants which are great for your health as they can reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease and even obesity, as long as it contains 80% cacao. So milk chocolate, white chocolate and a high percentage of dark chocolate will still be unhealthy. In other words look for the really bitter dark chocolates to maximize your antioxidant consumption and eat it in moderation.

2. Popcorn

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When I put popcorn on this list, make note that not all popcorn is good for you, this includes salty, buttery, chocolate, and caramel coated popcorn. Just plain popcorn can be good for you, as it contains high dietary fiber and antioxidants, which can reduce the risk of heart disease and oxidative damage in the body.

3. Alcohol

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Alcohol isn’t necessarily bad for you, as long as you drink in moderation that is. Drinking twice per day for men or once for women, can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. However, just like chocolate, over consumption can be seriously bad for you, so you gotta make sure you drink just the right amount if you’re trying to be healthy.

4. Cold Cuts

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Deli meats usually contain high amounts of protein and fat, which can be good for you. However you don’t need that much fat, so stay away from the cold cuts with large amounts of saturated fat such as salami. Applegate ham, turkey, and bacon are all recommended meats to try if you’re looking for the healthier side of the deli aisle.

5. Coffee

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Coffee isn’t the best for you, it has health risks, and can stain your teeth a different color, but it also has some benefits. Just like everything else on this list, if consumed in moderation, coffee can be good for you. It is high in antioxidants, and reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver cancer.