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Bad Foods Can Be Good For You, Part II

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 as guilty as you normally would. Yesterday I told you about ice cream and red meat, and for three more "bad foods" you can savor,


  • Eggs: Eggs have gotten a bad rap for being high in cholesterol, but in moderation, they are a great healthy protein. Here's more:

    According to a study from Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, overweight women who eat egg breakfasts lose twice as much weight as women who start their days with bagels.

    Just be wary of eggs you order at restaurants, because scrambles, omelets, and even sunnyside up eggs can be cooked in butter and oil.

  • Pizza: That's right: Pizza! Especially when prepared at home, pizza can be a filling and not unhealthy treat. Just be sure you steer toward whole-wheat crusts if you're heating up a frozen pie, and if you're ordering pizza, opt for thin crust. Health recommends:

    To hike the diet-friendly fiber, choose a whole-wheat crust and top your pizza with veggies like peppers, artichokes, and broccoli.

  • Canadian bacon: Can anything called bacon be healthy? You bet. And unlike the pizza and ice cream, you don't even really have to eat this one in moderation, as long as you're not cooking it in oil or fat. According to the article:

    Canadian bacon — which comes from the loin, one of the leanest parts of the pig — is a dieter’s best friend, with a third less fat than regular bacon. If that isn’t reason enough to put Canadian bacon on your plate, a recent study from Purdue University shows that women who eat a diet rich in lean pork and other protein keep more lean body mass during weight loss than women who eat a low- calorie diet with little pork and other protein sources.

What do you guys think about this list? Would you indulge in some of these "bad foods," and if so, which ones are most tempting to you?


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itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 9 years
what a great time to read this... i was just thinking about having some hawaiian pizza for lunch!
foxie foxie 9 years
Calimie, you've obviously never had my cooking! I'm a reformed ice-cream-chocolate-junk-food addict, now I'm eating healthy and I feel great. I really enjoy cooking up totally healthy concoctions that are JUST as flavorful and good as junk food, but without all the guilt.
Calimie Calimie 9 years
Word, jlana! Eggs are delicious, so is pizza and any meat. With moderation everthing is good. If you are such a health nut that refuse to enjoy your meals, I'm sorry for you. Some ice-cream every now and then never hurt anyone. Btw, jlana, I'm glad that you were able to overcome you illness.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Eggs and Canadian bacon! Hell yes!
LJDP LJDP 9 years
Its difficult to order the healthy version of the pizza because, more often than not, you are not the only one ordering the pizza. I always feel like the odd man out, because just about everyone I know is not counting calories. They'd probably be like "Broccoli? What are you, anorexic? Bring on the Extra large Pepperoni cheese lovers double crust heart attack pie, please!" Gross! But I agree with the poster about pizza in Italy. It is soooo different from what I see here. Thin, light, with vegetables and not a lot of cheese and sauce. I miss it!
mwjank mwjank 9 years
Very well put jlana! All of these choices are great in moderation especially when made at home where you can be in control of preparation. Food should feed the soul too.
jlana jlana 9 years
Eggs are nutritious, pizza can be very healthy with the right ingredients, a little bit of ice cream once in a while is a pleasure, not a horror, and lean red meat about once a week is pretty healthy too. Why in the world are we still labeling foods "bad" or "good"? Maybe, once we relax with the topic of food, we will finally be able to develop a healthy relationship with our bodies, and our eating habits. I think the 80/20 rule is probably the healthiest outlook to have when it comes to food. On a side note, I'm grateful that I never have to worry about when my next meal will be, or if I will even get one at all. I'm happy I can eat fruits, veggies, grains - even chocolate! I've been a calorie counter, an anorexic, and then a binger, and I was never happy. It took me a long time to realize that food is not the enemy, and I shouldn't punish myself for wanting to eat so-called "bad" foods. I eat healthy now because I care about my health, but if I feel like eating ice cream I'll have it, and I'll feel just as good about myself.
wren1 wren1 9 years
These would probably be healthiest made at home, instead of at a restaurant. What's with restaurants making everything 3 times as fattening? Yeah, I know, taste.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I loooooooooooooooooove eggs, I normally only eat egg white omlettes. But I'm sorry pizza is just gross, I know of very few places that do whole wheat pizza, and if they do it's most like enriched whole wheat which is still very bad. So no thanks, pizza is gross.
scorpstar77 scorpstar77 9 years
Geez, you gals are tough! I think advice like this is for people like me, who are not (and never will be) known for the best eating habits - I like sugar and dairy far too much to even conceive of giving it up entirely. I made a huge leap in my life when I went from eating a cereal bowl full of ice cream in front of the TV after dinner (which is what my parents always did, and so I always did as well while growing up) to eating an actual 1/2 cup serving size instead - or 2 squares of dark chocolate, or a yummy but sugar-free pudding cup. A home-made pizza with a whole-wheat crust, low-sugar pizza sauce, part-skim mozzarella, and a ton of veggies is actually pretty good for you (and better - and cheaper - by far than a frozen pizza or one from Domino's), not to mention that it satisfies a craving for something that could be really unhealthy. I recently did one of those survey thingies that a friend sent me by e-mail, and one of the questions it asked was "What are your four favorite foods?" My honest answers to that are chocolate, pizza, cereal and sweet potatoes. Now, the sweet potatoes are definitely good for me, and the cereal can be - I'm a big fan of shredded wheat - but the chocolate and pizza, at least in the manner I used to consume them, are definitely not. I've found ways to incorporate them much more healthfully, though, as Fit's articles in this series are demonstrating, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that.
foxie foxie 9 years
My point is that there are other sources of protein that you don't have to separate good part from bad and then worry about how you're going to cook it. Poopy vs. paint.
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
I say anything can be good for you, in moderation. The pizza you are likely to get at your local American pizzeria does not even COMPARE in terms of healthiness to the original Italian pizza. And the white part of bacon (if the pig was healthy and natural) can actually help you reduce cholesterol levels in your blood!
halfbakedjake halfbakedjake 9 years
no offense, but i really don't see eggs as "crappy" food. especially egg whites, they're such a good source of protein, and if you poach or hard boil them i can't see how it's bad for you at all.
foxie foxie 9 years
This is what this article makes me think of... "Poop. Yes, it's disgusting, but when smeared on your wall, it actually turns the paint a beautiful, deep brown that could accent your home nicely." ... Yes, but it's still poop, and this is what paint is for. ... Yes, this crappy food has within it's nastiness some nutritional value, but it's still crap. And this is what healthy food is for.
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