The ‘Bad’ Things That Are Actually Good For You

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From what we eat to the way we live our daily lives there seems to always be some sort of research telling us that it’s going to kill us in one way or another. Also what’s with the conflicting information? We just don’t know who to believe anymore!

I’m here to debunk the outdated myths and misleading facts about what is supposedly bad for you. So you can put your hands in the air, these things might actually be better for you than you thought.

#1 Caffeine
There seems to be a lot of mixed messages about whether caffeine is good or bad for you. The bottom line is everything in moderation, just like most things. Yeah, if you do OD on caffeine then most likely you’ll be left feeling jittery and headachy.

But the benefits are as long as my arm, so I would say it is on the good list! Japanese researchers have discovered that it can increase memory. It is also great for hair growth, aids in weight loss and may prevent certain diseases such as skin cancer.

#2 Dairy
Ah, my favorite debate. For some time, I believed that the low-fat dairy options, such as low-fat yogurt and semi-skimmed milk, was the better option. Well, that’s just a big fat nope. The full-fat option is always the healthier option.

Full-fat dairy contains a higher amount of fat soluble vitamins A, D and E as well as being more satisfying – meaning you’ll be fuller for longer and won’t end up snacking. Also a lot of low-fat yogurts contain a whole bunch of additives and sweeteners which are just no good. So what if it’s ‘just 99 calories’, if it’s full of sugar and no nutrients then what’s the point?

#3 Red Wine
Red wine (in moderation, sorry) contains antioxidants called polyphenols. I’m not expecting you to remember that name after a glass or two, but these poly-thingymajigs are great for protecting your heart and blood vessels. A glass of vino with a meal can also help you feel fuller more easily so you’ll be less likely to overeat!

#4 Chocolate
Ahh, music to my ears. A little bit of chocolate contains antioxidants which can help prevent certain cancers and help to keep your arteries clear. It is also great at preventing sun damage (when consumed obv) and more interestingly can help you lose weight!

Neuroscientist Will Clower says a small square of good choc melted on the tongue twenty minutes before a meal triggers the hormones in the brain that say “I’m full”, cutting the amount of food you subsequently consume. Finishing a meal with the same small trigger could reduce subsequent snacking.

#5 Stress
Yep, you read correctly. This is a new one to me too! A small amount of stress can actually benefit your immune system. In the first stage of stress (the “alarm” stage – often known as the “fight or flight” response) the body produces cortisol – a stress fighting hormone which has many benefits to the body. Stress can also give a feeling of fulfillment – when this is the case it is called “eustress” as opposed to “distress.” Body, why are you so weird?

#6 Junk In The Trunk
Having fat on your derriere is actually good, if you think otherwise! Women who tend to store more fat on their bottom half rather than their top half are supposed to be more protected from heart disease. So be grateful for what your mama gave you!


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