Special Report

25 Junk Foods That Are Actually Not So Bad for You

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21. Egg yolks

Rich in protein, carotenoids that promote healthy eyes, and choline, an essential nutrient in neurological and endocrine functioning, egg yolks have long been demonized due to the amount of cholesterol they contain. Current research, however, shows that most of the cholesterol in our bodies is made by our livers, stimulated by saturated and trans fat intake — not from dietary cholesterol.

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22. Tortilla chips

Low sodium tortilla chips, along with many new options on the shelves including bean chips, flax and quinoa chips, and grain-free tortilla chips, contain more nutrients and are far healthier than fried potato chips.

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23. Peanut Butter

Although peanut butter is high in fat, 80% is healthy unsaturated fat that helps your body absorb nutrients. It’s also packed with its own nutrients, including magnesium, folic acid, and vitamin E, and is a great source of protein and antioxidants. The goal is to buy peanut butter without added fat or sugar.

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24. Bananas

One serving of half a banana is a healthy source of fiber, vitamin A, potassium, and folic acid — without the load of calories. Bananas are naturally low in sodium, and though they contain sugar, they’re low on the glycemic index, which means they don’t cause blood sugar to spike.

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25. Beer

Beer has long been a staple of the human diet. In moderation, meaning one to two beers per day, it can lower the risk of heart disease or stroke. It’s also a source of calcium, iron, vitamin B, magnesium, selenium, and potassium.