Some of your favorite foods, snacks, and beverages may not be as unhealthy as you have been told. They actually may have numerous health benefits. Here are five of those that may benefit you:

1) Eggs:

You may have heard that the cholesterol in eggs raises the cholesterol in your body. The truth is one a day will not hurt you. In fact, it may be good for you. Choline, an essential nutrient found in eggs, is known to reduce the risk of breast cancer in women. Also found in eggs are two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, which help to ward off macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness) and cataracts. One more benefit that you may enjoy knowing about is that they may be good for your abs because eating eggs regularly helps to repair muscles, as well as by making your body feel full longer.

2) Popcorn:

Popcorn is a snack that you probably already enjoy. While it may be true that lots of butter and salt isn't the healthiest choice, regular popcorn munchers are more likely to hit their daily quota of whole grains. A serving of dry popcorn (6 cups) is equal to 2 servings of grains and only has 90 calories.

3) Chocolate:

The darker it is, the better it is for you. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants to prohibit the damage to cells in your body, as well as magnesium, which is vital to your bone health; it forms the crystal lattice of your bone structure. So you see, milk isn't the only thing that makes your bones strong! Chocolate also contains caffeine-you will be able to read about its benefits in the next paragraph.

4) Caffeine:

Caffeine is found in many sources: coffee, soda, tea, even chocolate. Caffeine is not all bad; it reduces the risk of Alzheimer's Disease by improving the learning and recall ability. A cup of coffee in the morning can help you to be more focused in the short term, as long as you keep it to one cup at a time. It is also believed that just smelling the coffee can help to reduce stress-so it works both as a stimulant and as a relaxant.

5) Sunflower Seeds:

An ounce of sunflower seed kernels contains 49% of your daily Vitamin E, which calms the immune system and helps tame allergies. It also helps lower cholesterol and provides other cardiovascular benefits to those with a history of cardiovascular disease by actually helping in the prevention of the disease.

So there you have it: you no longer have to feel guilty about enjoying your eggs or coffee in the morning, or a bowl of popcorn with a movie. You can have a piece of chocolate or sunflower seeds as an afternoon snack. Just remember not to exceed the recommended amounts!

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