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From popcorn to red wine, guilty pleasure food and drink that may actually be good for you

Time-honoured guilty pleasure foods may not always be the nutritional bad boys we perceive them to be. 

In recent years, scientific research has cast light on the hidden health benefits of all kinds of "bad-for-you" cuisine, throwing into doubt their position on the culinary naughty step. 

For example, one study found that full-fat dressing may actually be better for you that its low-fat equivalent, while eating butter could help to burn fat. Meanwhile, chocolate and popcorn bring together a chorus of nutritional value (when eaten in the right way). 

That's not to say that these foods don't come with their own (well-documented) health risks. They're just better than we originally thought them to be and may actually boost wellbeing, when consumed in moderation and as part of a healthy diet.

We take a closer look at the science behind the health-giving perks of guilty pleasure food and drink, along with guidelines on recommended daily intake for each. 

Photos: Rex Features

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