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How to Eat Junk Food That’s Actually Healthy

Not all snacks that you think are bad for you really are. Check out the health and nutrition benefits of these so-called junk foods.


  • Step 1: Chew some beef jerky Chew on some beef jerky; it’s high in protein. Just choose low-sodium brands.
  • Step 2: Have some French fries Nibble on some French fries -- but make them at home so you can fry them in canola or safflower oil rather than the corn oil used in many eateries, which is full of saturated fat.
  • TIP: Oven fries are even healthier.
  • Step 3: Pig out on pork rinds Pig out on pork rinds. Yes, they’re made from pigskin and they’re usually deep-fried. But they have no carbs, lots of protein, and nearly half the fat is unsaturated.
  • TIP: Buy microwave pork rinds; they’re better for you than deep-fried.
  • Step 4: Pop some popcorn Pop some popcorn. It’s a whole grain, making it a great source of fiber -- as long as you don’t pop it in oil or drown it in butter.
  • Step 5: Be a coco-nut Indulge in some coconut. Even though it contains a lot of saturated fat -- the kind that raises your bad cholesterol -- researchers have found that it raises your good cholesterol even more, so in the end you come out ahead. Just be aware that it is high in calories.
  • TIP: Pair coconut with dark chocolate, which contains heart-healthy antioxidants.
  • Step 6: Order a pizza Order a pizza without guilt: the cheese is chock full of calcium and the tomato sauce delivers the antioxidant lycopene. Add some vegetable toppings, request a thin crust, and enjoy!
  • FACT: France has the fewest junk food junkies, with only 19 percent of French people agreeing with the statement, "I like the taste of fast food too much to give it up."

You Will Need

  • Beef jerky
  • French fries
  • Pork rinds
  • Popcorn
  • Coconut
  • Pizza
  • Microwavable pork rinds (optional)
  • Dark chocolate (optional)

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