Alcohol and chocolate can be good for you?! Beer with us…
We’ve all heard the sayings: ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, ‘a moment on the lips, forever on the hips’…so it’s no wonder that we feel guilty for scoffing down yet another piece of chocolate after promising ourselves we’d just eat one square. Or what about when your mates peer pressure you into having another pint as you’re ‘letting the team down’?
Don’t worry; we’re going somewhere with this! What if we told you that you no longer have to feel bad? Or even better…that it’s actually recommended to consume these in order to stay healthy?
Throw away that half-eaten stick of celery right now and pay attention to these foods that you’ll shy away from no more!
Good old chocolate; the treat that you can mix with practically anything (even chillies!) and comes in so many mouth-watering flavours. Nothing that tastes so good can possibly have any health benefits…WRONG! Dark chocolate is the healthiest since it contains antioxidants, which have a blood-thinning effect and are therefore beneficial to the heart. It can also reduce stress so keep some handy for after that meeting with your boss! Don’t fret if milk choc is the one for you as it’s also got its secret health properties such as increasing stamina by stimulating your brain and emotions.
BUT: Before you rush out and buy that chocolate fountain you’ve always wanted just remember that is does contain quite a few calories (around 500 per 100g) so it’s best to not go too crazy if you can help it!
Cheese is everywhere! Sprinkled on top of your pasta, oozing out of your pizza crust, melting into your garlic bread…It’s hard to avoid, but luckily for you it’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to the stringy substance. Did you know it can actually help you to lose weight? (Pass the fondue!). It contains protein which curbs hunger so you’ll feel full for longer and will therefore be less likely to snack. The calcium it contains is also important for building strong bones and teeth and can help with the fight against osteoporosis. The zinc also helps with tissue growth and repair.
BUT: You might be thinking ‘cheese is so amazing I’m now going to put it on EVERYTHING’, but hold on a second! Cheese is often high in saturated fat, which can then increase the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol. Just make sure you stick to reduced-fat and fat-free cheeses.
We’ve all heard of the Atkins Diet, which bans all carbohydrates, so many people took this to mean we should fear anything carb-containing (such as bread) even though they’re not bad guys at all. Bread can be an excellent source of fibre, which is needed for a healthy digestive system and heart. The B vitamins within give our bodies much need energy to carry out our daily lives effectively. So if you were thinking of removing that bun from your burger…don’t!
BUT: Not all bread gives you these benefits – you have to choose carefully. We all know that a bacon butty HAS to be on white bread, but when you’re making any other bread-related snack try whole wheat which contains more nutrients such as high fibre and B vitamins and also releases sugar more slowly so you’re satisfied for longer.
As if the embarrassment of making a fool of yourself in front of that girl last night wasn’t bad enough, you then pay for it a second time when you find yourself immobile for most of the next day. Scumbag beer surely can’t be good for us, can it? You’ve probably heard that red wine can be good for your heart, but surprisingly so can beer! A study of more than 200,000 people showed that those drinking a pint a day had a 31% less chance of developing heart disease. Beer also raises HDL, a good cholesterol, and can prevent blood clots, reduce the chance of a stroke and even lower the risk of diabetes! The high level of silicon could also be beneficial to bones. WOW!
BUT: Before you rush to the nearest offie and spend your pocket money on crates of John Smith’s (do people still drink that?), remember that moderation is key here! Drinking too much will then have the opposite effect and could lead to cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, liver disease…you get the picture! Plus nobody wants a beer belly…
So there you have it; foods you thought were unhealthy, but actually aren’t! You’re even recommended to consume them! The list of foods we ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ eat change all the time. In the early 1900s people used to think it was healthy to consume radioactive drinks…just saying! It’s hard to keep up so why not just eat and drink what you enjoy, but make sure it’s in moderation. If you decide to crack open the beer to celebrate this fact you’ll be pleased to know there are many 24 hour alcohol delivery services on our platform such as 24/7 Booze, Beer 24 and Dial A Crate.
So do you know any other bad foods that are secretly good for you? Let us know in the comments…