The Healthy Side of Popcorn

by Snipe and Celly on September 24, 2015 - 11:48pm

Recent studies have shown that popcorn contains many healthy nutrients such as whole grains, fiber and polyphenols that all greatly help with keeping you healthy. Although popcorn is a healthy choice, the popcorn you buy that comes in microwavable bags often contains many unnatural oils, sugar and flavorings that turn your healthy snack into an unwanted junk food.

The whole grain in the popcorn provides important nutrients such as vitamin e, many vitamin Bs and protein. The most interesting part is that the whole grain also contains antioxidants which greatly help with the prevention of chronic diseases such as artery clogging, cancer and vision loss. Healthy popcorn provides on average 1 gram of dietary fiber per cup of popped corn.  Popcorn also contains a high amount of polyphenols which greatly help with the prevention of degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.

The University of Scranton reported a study in 2012 explaining how popcorn has more antioxidants than many fruits and is, therefore, a highly preferable health choice when looking for a late afternoon or evening snack.

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Wow! I never would have guessed that something as simple as popcorn would have all those health benefits! It is amazing to me that popcorn has more antioxidants than certain fruits. Fruit is often people's first choice for a healthy snack so it is interesting to know that there are other options that are just as healthy, or maybe even more healthy. I am curious as to what prompted this research. Do you think that many other snacks have hidden health benefits as well? Great post! Thanks!

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