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8 Foods We Thought Were Unhealthy That Are Actually Good For Us

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When it comes to what constitutes as a healthy diet, there are a number of conflicting point of views shared by food and health experts.

There are certain foods products, like sugar, that we can all agree are bad for our health, but the verdict is still out for lot of other foods we consume frequently, like chocolate, alcohol and red meat.

The thing is anything can be "bad" for you if you eat too much of it, so the key is moderation. So if you were thinking of cutting out some of your favorite foods from your diet, check out this list first before you make up your mind:

1. Chocolate

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Before you get a little too excited and go on a chocolate binge, let me clarify that not all chocolate is considered good for your health. However, dark cocoa has some wonderful benefits, including improving your overall heart health and providing your body with antioxidants. If you really aren't a fan of dark chocolate, opt for milk chocolate that contains low sugar and at least 50% cocoa.

2. Cheese

There's a misconception that cheese is bad for you because it has a high saturated fat content, however, according to registered dietitian Abby Langer, this is simply not true. She explained that the saturated fats in dairy isn't nearly as harmful as the ones found in beef.

“Really, the only problem with cheese is that most people can’t control themselves when they eat it," Langer said. Adding that cheese is a good source of calcium and dairy overall has anti-inflammatory properties.

3. Whiskey

As with everything else in life, if you don't over consume, you'll be able to reap the benefits of whiskey. The liquor contains high levels of "ellagic acid, an antioxidant that helps destroy cells that can cause illnesses such as cancer and heart disease," according to Daily Mail.

A study carried out by Harvard's School of Public Health also found that drinking alcohol, like whiskey, in moderate amounts can help raise the good cholesterol levels in your body. This will protect you from developing heart disease.

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