Social media has been delivering some seriously good news stories recently: apparently, our favourite food and drink (normally held responsible for our expanding waistlines) is actually ‘good’ for us.

Let’s explore the food (and drink) groups we should clearly be reintegrating into our strict summer regime. If news were to be believed…

For some reason, we daresay eating and drinking all this at once could lead to some lethal consequences:

1. Pizza Helps You Achieve Weight Goals

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A recent study proved that those who allowed themselves a day of indulgence while dieting were more likely to stick to their diets long term.

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According to Men’s Health, the study proved that after two weeks of dieting, the participants who had eaten whatever they wanted on Sundays were more motivated to keep up their diet plan throughout the week. This proved that a little indulgence never hurt anybody.

Simplemost.com optimistically lept to the conclusion that therefore, in theory, pizza helps us loose weight. And we’re definitely not complaining.

2. Gin Basically Cures Everything…

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If recent ‘X Reasons To Drink Gin’ articles on our newsfeed were to be believed, gin not only cures all ailments – it prevents them too.

Cosmo’s recent feature: ‘8 Reasons To Have A Gin & Tonic Immediately’ had us reaching for the bottle. Not because we like the drink of course! No, no.

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It apparently reduces heart disease; reduces bloating; was historically used to treat malaria, ‘so is, like, totally good for you’; and is packed full of antioxidants that reduce wrinkles and promote healthy skin appearance.

Incase you don’t believe us, check out Cosmopolitan’s feature here.

3. Chocolate Helps You Keep Weight Off

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Headlines screamed: ‘Chocolate lovers rejoice’ as a new study apparently revealed eating more of the sweet stuff might actually help you stay slim.

Although chocolate contains more calories than many other foods, those who consume it regularly have less body fat than those who don’t, a US study found.

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Researchers suspect the calories in chocolate are not like “normal” calories. They appear to make your metabolism work harder, which means they offset the fat that might otherwise have stayed around. As a result, the metabolic effects of certain ingredients make chocolate a good “slimming” food because it is calorie-neutral, the study reported last month.

Check out the full article at bodyandsoul.com.

4. A Glass Of Wine A Day Keeps The Doctor Away (Apparently)

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Already well-known as ‘heart healthy’, Health.com reports that wine in moderation might also help you lose weight, reduce forgetfulness, boost your immunity, and help prevent bone loss.

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The article fought the case that wine not only helps preserve your memory but helps lower body mass: ‘moderate wine drinkers have narrower waists and less abdominal fat than people who drink liquor. Alcohol may encourage your body to burn extra calories for as long as 90 minutes after you down a glass.’ Everyone form an orderly queue to the off-licence.

Read the full article here.

5. Beer Is Really, Really Good For You

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Metro has it on good authority that beer makes us live longer (Virginia Tech researchers found that regular, moderate beer drinkers were 19% less likely to die during a given time period than people who never touch a drop).

In addition, it’s also meant to make us thin (high-power brews such as Leffe are particularly recommended); and helps fight cancer. Indeed, Xanthohumol – a flavonoid found in hops – is an antioxidant which inhibits cancer-causing enzymes.

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It also helps keep our brain sharp; doesn’t give us a beer belly; prevents kidney stones; can protect against Alzheimer’s; full of vitamins; and helps make our bones stronger.

Not to mention it has less calories than skimmed milk or orange juice.

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