The “eat this, not that” philosophy is everywhere these days. Food purists have convinced many of us that avoiding certain foods altogether is the only way to be healthy. Turns out, some of these so-called “unhealthy” foods have far more benefits than we’ve been led to believe. Plus, if they bring a small amount of joy to our lives, that's a benefit in itself. As long as we enjoy our “guilty pleasures” in moderation, there's no reason to feel badly for indulging in them every so often.


1. Chocolate

Here’s a little something to sweeten your day: chocolate is packed with antioxidants, magnesium, heart-healthy flavonoids, and most important of all — chocolate! When choosing chocolate you want to feel kinda healthy about, go to the dark side. Make sure it’s made with at least 75% cocoa and that cocoa powder is the first ingredient. Milk chocolate is mostly sugar, and white chocolate technically isn’t chocolate at all!

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