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‘Bad’ foods that turn out to be good for you

Diet & Nutrition • by Ryno Ellis • 16 April 2018
Unhealthy food that's good for you
The heart wants what it wants and who are we to deny it?

The world is filled with articles and health advice blogs telling you what food and drinks NOT to consume, leaving you with very few pleasures to enjoy. We’re here to do just the opposite: to celebrate ‘bad’ foods that are actually good for you.

We’ve put together a list of foods that’s supposed to be bad for your health, but they’re actually very good for you.

Dark chocolate

Everyone loves chocolate. Well, maybe not everyone, but they ought to.

Studies have shown that opting for dark chocolate is good for you. Very good it turns out!

We’re not talking about the sugary milk chocolate stuff. Dark chocolate with 70-85% of cocoa usually contains less sugar and is a great source of antioxidants, minerals, iron and magnesium.

Regular consumption of dark chocolate, in moderation of course, has been linked to lowering heart disease, improved skin and mood.

Red wine

If you’re already a fan of drinking red wine, then you’re going to love this!

Studies suggest that drinking one glass of red wine a day could hold health benefits such as lowering your cholesterol, controlling your blood sugar, boosting your immune system and even increasing your brain function.


Coffee has unfairly been given the reputation of being unhealthy for you. However, this liquid golden goodness (what we call it in our office) is packed with antioxidants. Regular consumption of coffee has been linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

It’s best advised when enjoying your coffee to keep it to one or two daily, avoiding added sugar and also opting for dairy alternatives like coconut or almond milk. Now go forth and caffeinate.


The current trend of treating carbohydrates as if it’s poison has given potatoes a seriously bad rep. This is extremely unfair as potatoes are a nutrient-rich food and an excellent source of fibre.

It’s best advised to keep portion control in mind when adding potatoes to your dinner plate. Also, keep the skin as that’s where all the good stuff is hidden. So don’t feel guilty, enjoy that baked potato!

The key with all of the above it that everything is good for you in moderation. Now go out and get yourself that piece of chocolate that you’ve been craving.


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