2. Ice Cream
Dealing with a bad breakup? A tub of ice cream may help ease your heartache. According to a study featured in Psychology Today, fatty foods such as ice cream can significantly improve your mood. Ice cream and other high fat foods can reduce feelings of sadness by up to 50 percent, which rivals the ability of prescribed antidepressants.
Despite its benefits for fighting depression and depressive moods, going overboard on this frozen delight is bad for your health, especially your heart. The fact that the average American consumes 22 pounds of ice cream every year, and that 90 percent of American households consider it a staple food, should really scare you. What’s even scarier is that 1 cup of ice cream has 58 grams of cholesterol – that’s 2 grams more cholesterol in a double-patty hamburger!
Eating one cup of this cold, sweet dessert after a fatty meal can significantly raise your blood cholesterol, whereas gobbling an entire pint of ice cream doubles your cholesterol intake to 116 grams.
How to lower your cholesterol: Shop for low-fat ice cream. The best “light” ice creams have 4 grams or less of fat, 3 grams or less of saturated fats, 10 mg or less of cholesterol, 15 grams or less of sugar, and around 120 calories for every ½ cup serving. Use an ice cream scooper and limit your serving to half a cup. The healthiest option is to trade ice cream with fresh fruits for dessert.