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25 Junk Foods That Are Actually Not So Bad for You

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6. Popcorn

Movie theatre popcorn may be doused in salt and mysterious flavored vegetable oils, but it’s much easier to control the sodium levels and types of fat used in home-made and air-popped popcorn. Popcorn is high in fiber and low in calories, so it’s ok to eat it by the handful.

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7. Salted Nuts

An ounce of salted nuts can provide protein, vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and healthy unsaturated fats. Because the protein helps you feel full for longer than sugar, nuts make a great snack between meals.

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8. Ketchup

A relatively low-calorie condiment, ketchup is a good source of vitamins A and C, and the antioxidant lycopene. Organic ketchup has been shown to contain 60% more lycopene than conventional brands.

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9. Bacon

Compared to some cuts of beef, bacon contains much less saturated fat. It’s actually a great source of monounsaturated fat — which helps reduce cholesterol levels — as well as protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

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10. Burritos

With plenty of beans, lettuce, meat, a whole wheat tortilla, and salsa, a burrito can be a well-balanced meal. Burritos often contain over 1,000 calories, however, so splitting one into two meals is a smart choice.

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