Why certain snacks and sips you kicked to the curb may deserve a second chance.
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Good news: Some of those "bad" foods you avoid like the plague actually pack a nutritious punch. We spoke to Amy Jamieson-Petonic, creator of the Go! Foods for You nutrition program, about some of our favorite drinks and snacks that actually don't deserve their bad rap. So, drop the turkey burger, grab a frosty brew and reap the healthy benefits of indulging (in moderation, of course.)
Coffee has been shown to have some cardiovascular benefits, Jamieson-Petonic says. And taking it black, not with milk and sugar, might also play a role in preventing type-2 diabetes, improving memory, and providing antioxidants. She recommends no more than three cups a day.
If you’re working out longer than an hour, you need sodium to replace electrolytes lost through sweat—but no more than 3,000 milligrams a day. In fact, recent research found that salt supplements helped triathletes perform better.
Though they pack a caloric punch, brewskies have essential B vitamins. If you’re counting calories, light beer is a good option. “And if it’s a darker lager beer, it’s going to have lutein, which helps eyesight,” says Joy Dubost, R.D., “and soluble fiber that’s good for your heart.”