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Sure, moderation and portion control is the key.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Doris Day, MD, Dermatology, answeredDo you love chocolate? Is ice cream your favorite treat? Are you a cookie monster? Then don’t deprive yourself entirely of your personal comfort food. You’ll only end up caving in and gobbling more than you should at some point. Actually, chocolate is good for you in reasonable amounts. Research has shown that it boosts your brain power and also acts as an aphrodisiac, which must be why it’s traditionally been a lover’s gift. And as for other sweets and even fatty or salty snacks such as potato chips and pretzels, if you discipline yourself to enjoy a moderate amount now and then there will be no harm done.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
Intermountain Registered Dietitians, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Intermountain Healthcare
Certainly, enjoy foods that you love. If your favorite foods also tend to be higher in calories and low in nutrients (think cookies, cakes, chocolate, chips, etc.) then enjoy them occasionally in modest portion sizes. When eating these types of favorite foods try these wise-eating tips:
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- Don't buy large packages of these types of foods. When you have a lot, you're more likely to eat a lot.
- Serve yourself a portion instead of eating directly from the package. This can help you stick to a reasonable portion size.
- Don't keep snacks and treats like this where they are frequently visible, like the kitchen countertop. Out of sight, out of mind.
- Don't eat these foods while distracted (for instance while watching television or reading the newspaper). In order to fully enjoy eating your favorite foods, pay attention as you eat.