4 Vices That Can Be Surprisingly Healthy

4 Vices That Can Be Surprisingly Healthy
Written by Noelle Kelly

you don’t necessarily need a partner to benefit from all of the above…

Not a day seems to go by when we aren’t bombarded with information about new healthy superfoods, and popular hobbies that are apparently harmful. 

It’s no wonder that many of us are no longer sure whether what we’re doing is healthy or not. 

Of course, there are some things that are indisputable; sunscreen is good and smoking is bad, for example.  However, what about chocolate?  What about coffee?  Are these things really as bad as the media likes to make out?  In this article, we’re going to take a look at four vices that can be surprisingly healthy.


Chocolate is the ultimate comfort food and it’s something that a lot of us eat on a daily basis.  While scoffing tons of it isn’t a good idea, in moderation chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can be surprisingly healthy. 

While research is being done on a regular basis, researchers have found that dark chocolate is good for the brain, heart, and the circulatory system. 

The flavonoids in chocolate are also good for the skin, and can protect it from sun damage (although using sunscreen is still a good idea).  It sounds mad, too, but one study also found that dark chocolate can help to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. 

This is one vice that a lot of us will be happy to hear isn’t as bad as it’s claimed to be!


A good sex life is good for your health, and it’s fair to say that the perks of sex extend way beyond the bedroom. 

Not only does sex help to keep your immune system working well, but it can also lower your blood pressure, lower your risk of heart attack, help to improve sleep, and help to lessen pain. 

And, you don’t necessarily need a partner to benefit from all of the above as it’s the orgasm that contributes to most of the healthy benefits. 

Next time you’re feeling a little bit under the weather, or are experiencing aches and pains, why not practice a little bit of self-love?  Your body will thank you!


Coffee isn’t just delicious and energizing, it can also be good for you according to studies completed by scientists over the last few decades.  To start with, the caffeine in coffee increases the oxidization of fatty acids and also increases the metabolism. 

This means that it can help to burn fat and also improve athletic performance.  Drinking coffee on a daily basis has also been found to lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes. 

Those who drink several cups a day are the least likely to develop the health condition.  Finally, coffee can also help you well into old age and has been proven to be a good preventative measure against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.


We may enjoy knocking a few pints back on the weekend, but when drunk in moderation, beer has a lot of health benefits. 

As the article “Uridine Monophosphate and Your Brain: Can Drinking Beer Make You Healthy?” shows, beer can help to improve cognition, it can help to stabilize and regulate the mood, it can help to improve the amount of sleep you get, and it can help to improve your memory.  

While drinking 15 pints in one go isn’t the best idea, a glass or two each evening could benefit you in more ways than one!

Next time you see an article online proclaiming the health risks of eating chocolate or drinking beer, do some research.  It’s very likely that your vice is actually good for you.  In fact, the studies prove it!

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About the author

Noelle Kelly

Noelle is a freelance writer working for a variety of businesses across Australia. With a portfolio of work spanning a plethora of countries, industries and companies, she is always looking to broaden her understanding of the business landscape.

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