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.