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25 Junk Foods That Are Actually Not So Bad for You

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1. Graham crackers

Graham crackers contain less sugar than the average packaged cookie, and graham flour is a type of whole grain wheat flour, which has more fiber and vitamins than white flour.

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2. Chocolate

Dark chocolate and even certain milk chocolates that contain at least 50% cacao (which means less sugar and fat) are a great snack if you’re feeling stressed, as they are high in magnesium, a mineral that is often depleted as a result of stress.

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3. Cheese

While everyone knows that cheese is a good source of calcium, it’s less well known that increasing dairy consumption can help fight heart disease, according to some research. Cheeses made from grass-fed dairy are particularly high in vitamin K2, which is crucial for bone and artery health.

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4. Ice cream

One scoop of full-fat ice cream is a great source of calcium and protein. Stay away from low-fat versions, as they tend to contain more sugar and additives to replace the flavor lost by removing fat.

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5. Beef jerky

Beef jerky is a high-protein snack that won’t spike insulin levels. Though it’s true that some varieties are high in sodium and preservatives, there are all-natural, low-sodium, and grass-fed products available.