6 not-so-guilty food pleasures
Doctors usually encourage dark chocolate over milk chocolate because it's lower in sugar and fat, but it also contains antioxidants and flavonals, whichcan help with blood pressure, cancer prevention and heart attack prevention, research has shown.
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Research has shown red wine is full of antioxidants, which reduce inflammation and help decrease the effects of aging. Red wine also appears to raise HDL cholesterol, also known as "good" cholesterol.
While diet soda still isn't "healthy," it's better for you than its regular, full-sugared version. Studies have shown that a regular 20 oz. soda per day can lead to up to a pound of weight gain per week. Water is still the better choice, of course.
Nuts are packed with protein, oils and good fats. They work great as snacks because they'll keep you full for longer, but watch out: Nuts can be high in calories.
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Careful with this one: Loading up your pizza with tons of high-fat meat, cheese and grease isn't exactly a recipe for a healthy meal. Instead, try topping it with lots of veggies and fresh basil. Stick to low-fat cheese and whole wheat crusts.
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People tend to feel guilty about their coffee consumption, but some research suggests it's good for the brain. It may reduce risk of dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. And antioxidants help with cell repair.
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