12 Junk Foods That are Actually Good for You

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier this year? If so, we’ve got some great news for you. Many junk foods can offer some kind of nutritional value, which basically means they’re healthy, right? Here are 12 junk foods with hidden health benefits that will make your 2018 resolution seem a little less daunting.

12. Blue M&Ms

Obviously, candy is loaded with sugar, however studies have shown that M&Ms, particularly the blue ones, can have a surprising benefit that you might not know about. Blue M&Ms get their color from a dye called Brilliant Blue G (BBG), which is also found in blue Gatorade.

A study at the University of Rochester found that by injecting rats with spinal cord injuries with BBG, the rodents actually regained their ability to walk, while those who were not dosed with the substance remained immobile. The study suggests that BBG could be useful in treating spinal cord injuries in humans, so if you’re suffering from such an injury, now’s your chance to pull a diva move and demand an entire bowl of blue M&Ms to aid in your recovery.

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11. Cheese Whiz

It might sound crazy, but Cheese Whiz isn’t as bad for you as you might think. It contains conjugated lineolic acids (CLAs), which were once dismissed as a trans-fat but have since been vindicated and found to fight weight gain, arthritis, and even cancer. One study showed that Cheese Whiz contains more CLAs than any other type of cheese. Which isn’t to say that you should eat a ton of it (since foods rich in CLAs tend to be high calorie), but rather you should no longer be ashamed to spread some on your toast once in a while.

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10. Red Wine

There’s no need to feel guilty about kicking back with a glass of red after a hard day because aside from being relaxing, wine can be good for you in a few different ways.

Studies have shown that red wines contain antioxidants like flavonoids and resveratrol, which are thought to help lower bad cholesterol levels, reduce blood clots, control your blood sugar, and reduce beta-amyloid proteins in the brain which are linked to Alzheimer’s disease. One study at the University of Virginia even found that resveratrol, which comes from the skin of red grapes, can inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

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