I was browsing around the web when this article caught my eyes. There are new studies that suggest these once forbidden but really tasty and delicious treats may actually give us health benefits and may lead to longer life.
1. Ice Cream - Depending on your choice, ice cream will give you an impressive dose of calcium for your bones and blood pressure.
2. Chocolates - Who doesn't like chocolates? I am definitely happy to know that my favorite dark or bittersweet chocolate is in fact rich in flavonoids or the antioxidants that protect the heart by preventing blood platelets from sticking together and forming clots that can cause a heart attack. They said a 1.5-ounce bar have the same antioxidant power as a 5-ounce glass of red wine. In short, chocolates are definitely good for the heart.
3. Cheese - Cheese contains CLA or conjugated linoleic acid, a special kind of fat that may be a new weapon against breast cancer. Also eating hard cheese at the end of the meal can protect your teeth from tooth decay, who would've thought? I so love cheese, just too bad that cheese in Korea is mainly the sliced pieces you can get from Emart. I hope there's a place where we can get Edam cheese, some Mascarpone or Parmesan. And no I'm not talking about the grated, preserved varieties we can find in the supermarket.
4. Beef - "Beef is one of the richest and best-absorbed sources of zinc, a key mineral in your immune system's fight against many enemies, from viruses to cancer." We can actually strengthen our immune system by eating a piece of steak. What a treat! And yeah, it doesn't matter whether we get US beef or Korean beef.
5. Pizza - Pizza? Really? Why not. Pizza sauce actually gives us a lot of lycopene which helps fend off prostate cancer. And don't forget that cheese in there that provides calcium for healthier bones, lower blood pressure and also inhibit colon cancer.
This is definitely good news for me. All of these are my favorites and knowing that they have health benefits, eating them will no longer be just guilty pleasures. Be cautious though. Don't overindulge. Too much of anything is still bad for our body. Just take minimal servings.
Check out the whole article here.