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If You Could Make One Unhealthy Food Healthy…

What would it be?

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posted January 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm

What else? Chocolate!

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posted January 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Beer. That or sandwiches. I have intolerances to not only gluten but also brewer’s and baker’s yeast (and dairy and other things). So even if I wanted to have a beer, I can’t. And sandwiches. . . Oh, I miss those. If those two things could actually nourish my body. . . that would be a beautiful thing.

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tripp fuller

posted January 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Cigars into a vegetable!!!

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posted January 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Buffalo Wings

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posted January 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm


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Jeff Moulton

posted January 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Living in a family where my wife is a Pescetarian (a vegetarian who will eat fish) and my son is on a gluten-free diet, we have spent a lot of time looking for substitutes to so many un-healthy foods. But there are still a lot of things on that list. Oh, to narrow it down to one item….
Eggs come to mind, but there are enough egg substitutes available now that the “wish” in your request has become reality.
Pizza comes to mind too. But if you make pizza yourself, it becomes a pretty healthy option.
Bacon makes the short list, and none of the “healthy” alternatives appeal to me, but other than the occasional craving for a BLT, I can live without it.
I think for me, it would have to be Hollandaise Sauce. For fish, for vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, artichoke), I’ve even been known to sneak a dip or two of pork roast with it. If it weren’t for the fact that there isn’t a way to make it that isn’t about 60% butter (or other fat), it would served in this house 3-4 times a week, rather than 3-4 times per year.

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posted January 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm

#1. Chocolate already healthy. Trust me, I’m a doctor!
It’s rich in flavinoids (antioxidants), vitamins and minerals (one of the best natural sources for Magnesium) as well as containing serotonins, which are anti-depressant.
Just stick to the high quality, high cocoa solids versions (70% or more)and don’t overdo it. A small bar of dark chocolate everyday can reduce blood pressure and lower LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) by up to 10%.

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posted January 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Well said Tripp (#3)! :)
As a Southern California guy, I’d add…
Carne Asada Burritos!
Lots of sour cream, LOTS of cheese… guacamole!
A little taste of paradise :)
Or anything that’s a yummy carb-o-licious pastry.
Now I just feel like this is a confession post…

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posted January 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm

#6 Jeff, what’s unhealthy about eggs? I know they used to be considered too high in cholesterol, but it is now well established that it is saturated fat rather than cholesterol consumption which leads to high levels of LDL (bad)cholesterol in the blood. Eggs, which contain mainly polyunsaturated fats, can actually help to reduce blood cholesterol levels if used to replace saturated fats in the diet.

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posted January 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Krispy Kreme donuts

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posted January 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Is wine a food?

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posted January 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm

having recently embarked on a diet that strives to cut sugar intake to a very low limit, i’m now aware of the grams of sugar in most processed foods. ALSO, i’m learning how to make a healthier alternative that’s just as satisfying (more so if you consider the benefits of lowering your sugar intake) THEREfore my answer is the God didn’t design any unhealthy food for us–BUT we have somehow made it unhealthy through our over indulgence.
All that said the one that thing that I had to cut and that was staple in my house was honey.

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Ben H

posted January 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm


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Mike M

posted January 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Pork: make the unclean, clean.

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posted January 23, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Bacon Cheese Burgers! I could eat one everyday!

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Paul Bruggink

posted January 23, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Big Macs

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John W Frye

posted January 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm


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posted January 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Ice Cream

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posted January 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Any food that has a combination of carbs and fat.
French fries
Cheese crackers.. yes, even the goldfish kind.
John @11…. Wine is healthy for you!

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posted January 23, 2010 at 6:04 pm

McD’s Fish Sandwich.

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posted January 23, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Kate – I love you! There are two of my favs that just became healthy. I think I’ll celebrate with some chocolate. The eggs will wait for breakfast.

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posted January 23, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Five Guys bacon cheeseburger. No doubt.

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posted January 23, 2010 at 7:18 pm

CHOCOLATE! Oh sure, they say dark chocolate is better for you. But it’s not like you can sit down and hit a whole box of dark chocolate and not gain weight.

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Julie Clawson

posted January 23, 2010 at 8:14 pm

define healthy. is this just “lower in calories” or “provides healthy nutrients for your body”?
but assuming a bit of both, I’d say
chips and queso (all at once of course)

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posted January 23, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Avocados and wine in moderation, particularly red, ARE healthy,
so enjoy, Julie! :-)

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Clint Wrede

posted January 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Mmm, ice cream.

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posted January 23, 2010 at 11:55 pm


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posted January 24, 2010 at 2:30 am

Pat@23 It’s not just that dark chocolate is better for you than milk, but that it is actively good for you, ie better to eat some than none. But no, sadly eating a whole box is not a good idea, the recommended daily intake is “a small bar”.

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posted January 24, 2010 at 8:27 am

Sugar. So if I eat candy, cookies, pies, cakes, whatever, I am covered!

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posted January 24, 2010 at 8:58 am

Krispy Kremes !!!

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mike swalm

posted January 24, 2010 at 11:00 am

definitely buffalo wings with the bleu cheese dressing. mmmmmmmm

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posted January 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm

BEEF!!! Any kind, any cut, any amount.

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