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How To Make Junk Food Healthy…ish

Junk food like pizza, cookies, and chips will never be health food. But a few tweaks to the junk you eat can make it slightly less terrible for you.

By Ian Cohen

How To Make Junk Food Healthy...ish

You already know that eating baby carrots is better for you than eating Baby Ruth bars. So instead of boring you with an “eat this, not that” kind of thing, we instead asked Los Angeles-based dietitians Sumner Brooks and Alyse Levine to help us find the right products to make our junk food choices a little healthier

 

#1: Chocolate
“Something like Trader Joe’s real Belgian chocolate — which contains 70 percent cocoa — is a good choice,” Sumner says. “Real cocoa powder is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants.”

#2: Ice Cream
“Go with a brand like Breyers,” Levine suggests. “Many of their flavors have about five ingredients: milk, cream, sugar, tara gum (an additive made from tree seeds), and natural flavor.” If you see a laundry list of ingredients or the term “slow churned,” don’t buy it; slow churned often means the product contains partially hydrogenated oils, which are unhealthy trans fats.

#3: Potato Chips
Kettle brand chips have no preservatives, genetically modified ingredients, or trans fats. They’re also gluten free. However, if Kettle chips have somehow found their way onto your sh*tlist, sub for a brand with the least amount of saturated fat.



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