The Surprising Health Benefits Of Popcorn

Speaking at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, Joe Vinson, Ph.D., said popcorn actually has more of the antioxidants called polyphenols than fruits and vegetables, due to the fact that it is only four percent water and many fruits and vegetables are diluted because they are nearly 90 percent water. Vinson said popcorn may be the perfect snack food because it is 100 percent unprocessed whole grain and one serving contains more than 70 percent of the recommended daily intake of grains. But though research has shown popcorn to have health benefits, the way it’s prepared determines, ultimately, how healthy it is. Popcorn cooked in butter, oils, sugar, and salt is high in fat and calories and will not provide the same nutritional value. More here.

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