Healthy Junk Food

Healthy Junk Food

Healthy Junk Food is an oxymoron. Saying it out loud makes you seem ridiculous yourself – who has ever heard of healthy junk food at all? Can eating junk food, the world’s number one cause of obesity, actually be healthy for you, and can you even lose weight eating junk food? Yes, you can have cheat days during your diets where you can eat whatever you like, whether it is ice cream or Famous Amos cookies. But would a diet focused on junk food be able to help you at all? Is it even a diet, at all?

Can Junk food ever be healthy?

We analyzed the ‘healthiest’ junk foods that you can ever purchase from the stores and eat – that would serve not only as a good way to stave off your hunger, but also as substitutes for the other worse off foods that you would eat on your cheat days. While it definitely is better than stuffing your stomach on buffet foods, you still should watch your intake of these foods.

Junk Food

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Junk food can be good for you – really?

Despite leading mostly to lots of different issues such as obesity, gastrointestinal issues, heart disease and bad cholesterol levels, junk foods may have some merit in that can be brought to people’s bodies if ingested. First and foremost, Junk foods still carry some sort of nutrition that can be easily attained by people.

Burgers and Pizzas

Pizzas and Burgers often include slices of cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and other vegetables, and sometimes use whole wheat bread for their crusts and buns. Cheese contains high amount of protein which is essential to build muscle. Tomatoes and tomato sauces in burgers actually contain vitamins A and C, as well as anti-oxidants, which can actually reduce the risk of cancer. We do not have to highlight the merits of the vegetables and meat used in these foods, which are already widely understood and accepted in the world.

Nuts

Nuts, such as cashews, walnuts, almonds and the usual baked peanuts you can find in packs at your neighbourhood convenience store are loosely classified as junk food as eating a little bit of those a day can actually help you. Not only do they stave off the hunger, many types of nuts in the cornucopia of different nut families do carry other vitamins, fat and nutrients that are healthy for the body. However, try to stay away from the heavily salted peanut brands, as these tend to become very addictive as snacks. Snacks that are eaten in moderation are still not as damaging to the human body’s diet, but salted nuts are hard for people to not get addicted to, and thus should be avoided as much as possible.

Beef Jerky

Beef jerky, while not a favourite option of snack by Singaporeans, is still available in the shelves in many supermarkets. Singaporeans are just generally not used to eating beef jerky or chunks of meat that are cured and packed with a long expiration date. However, beef jerky is packed with lots of protein and also does not increase the levels of insulin, which triggers fat storage in your body. However as with nuts, remember to stay away from the ones that come with lots of sodium.

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Not this kind of beef jerky…

Wine

Wine, especially red wine is good for your heart. The alcohol in wine is also linked to lower belly fat when consumed in moderation. Pinot Noir actually has the most disease-fighting anti-oxidants than any type of wine or even alcoholic beverage.

Our conclusion on junk food

Now that you know some of the junk foods that you can go to if you are still hungry and craving a snack, especially during cheat day, go ahead and take some of the foods above, and rinse them down with some red wine if you fancy.

 

Great Foods for Losing Weight

Foods for Losing Weight

Everyone is obsessed with losing weight these days, as thin and not thick is considered more beautiful in the world today. However, not everyone eats adequately or healthily to allow any changes to happen in their body. Furthermore, a healthy diet must be accompanied by a healthy lifestyle. One should not sit in front of the computer typing away for 12 hours a day, but instead should get up and walk about whenever they can. In fact, daily exercise of even at least 15 minutes a day can help anyone lose weight.

Aside from the typical foods that people know are healthy and good for you, let me tell you more about some foods that can help you lose those extra pounds, fast.

Eggs

Eggs are actually good sources of protein and can play a major role in weight loss. They are also a type of slow release energy foods that will keep you energised along the way. There was a study done on overweight women that proved eggs are actually good for weight loss. Women who ate eggs lost twice as much weight as women who ate bagels. Eggs also do not have higher cholesterol than other foods.

Chicken and Fish

Lean protein helps you stay fuller for a longer period of time. Lean protein also has amino acids which can help you build muscle. As your body burns more calories trying to digest protein than carbohydrates, proteins are an essential part of any weight-loser’s diet.¬†However most people don’t know if they eat enough protein or not.

Milk

Milk, especially reduced-fat milk, is very good as a protein dish for your diet. It is one of the healthiest dairy items, is low in fat, and is one of the best sources for protein, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin B. It is studied that high in calcium adults burn more fat a day than any other adult.

Beans

Beans

(Picture taken from Readers’ Digest)

Certain beans are actually very healthy to eat, are rich in proteins and other nutrients your body needs, and are packed with fibre. To top it off, beans are often inexpensive, filling and also versatile ingredients for any sorts of food. Beans also are slow to digest and will leave you feeling full for a longer period of time. For example, Garbanzo beans pack more than 2 grams of starch per half a cup serving that will be able to help one lose weight in due course. Also, Black beans pack a 15 grams of protein without the saturated fat per serving. Kidney beans are also very notable, offering protein and fibre per serving.

Fruit

Fruit are definitely one of the better foods to eat when you are losing weight. Not only are they not processed, fruits are very natural and some are also very tasty and sweet. Notable fruits include Grapefruits, where ingesting it or their juices daily can aid in weight loss, due to its ability in reducing insulin levels. Grapefruit serves as a good snack, breakfast side dish or even a salad topping. Otherwise, Oranges are also good at producing fibre, thus eating them will allow one to feel full longer throughout the day, thus making people eat less.