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Bad Foods Can Be Good For You, Part I

Indulging in moderation is okay if the "bad" foods are also good for you; dark chocolate and red wine come to mind. So I perked up when I saw this Health magazine story about five bad foods that are actually good for the waistline.

Of course I'm not suggesting that you start pigging out on these every day, but if you eat them in moderation and in the right way, you can enjoy a little indulgence without feeling too guilty. For a few of the "bad foods" you can savor, with tips on how to eat them smartly,


  • Red meat: As long as you stick with ground meat that's 97 percent lean or extra-lean, the occasional burger or meatball can help aid weight loss. The same goes for steak, as long as you stick to lower-fat cuts such as sirloin and strip steak. That's because red meat is full of protein that will keep you feeling full. Just avoid meats labeled "prime" and watch your portion size. According to the article:

    “Many restaurants will serve an eight-ounce steak or burger, which means you’re getting twice the amount you actually need,” says Dave Grotto, RD, author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life. Stick to a three-ounce serving (roughly the size of a deck of cards).

  • Ice cream: Having a little bit of full-fat ice cream or yogurt once a day can be a great way to get your calcium, which builds strong bones. And because full-fat dairy is more satisfying than its low-fat counterparts, you could end up eating less and, in turn, losing weight. According to the article:

    A recent Swedish study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that women who have at least one serving of full-fat dairy products a day gain less weight than women who don’t. Researchers aren’t entirely sure why, but it’s believed that a compound in milk fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may aid weight loss.

Check back tomorrow for three more "bad foods" that can help you lose weight!


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