Popcorn, a Healthy Snack
Sarah Pope explains how the popular snack can make a great addition to your movie night… especially when prepared and seasoned properly.
Organic popcorn, seasoned with a pinch of good sea salt, makes a smart snack and actually helps your body fight free radicals!
Do you crave a big bucket of popcorn when you go to the movies? How about at home when you fire up your DVD player to watch a late night flick with your sweetie?
As it turns out, popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks you can eat and polyphenols are the reason why.
Polyphenols are a type of chemical found in plant foods that help neutralize free radicals, those nasty little baddies that damage your cells and contribute to rapid aging.
Popcorn has one of the highest levels of polyphenols of any plant food – including most fruit!
According to Joe Vinson, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton:
“Popcorn has more antioxidants in total than other snack foods that you can consume and it also has quite a bit of fiber.”
While the fiber aspect of popcorn is not particularly impressive to me as fiber is not necessarily a good thing in large quantities (people just need so much of it as they are typically so constipated from their lousy diets), the polyphenol aspect of the research is indeed compelling and should encourage folks to fire up that popcorn maker more often.
Don’t Buy Microwave or Processed Popcorn
As with any food, preparation and sourcing is critical, so don’t run out to the supermarket and load up on microwave popcorn after reading this post. It also would be wise to avoid popcorn at the movies as the synthetic factory fats and processed salt used to flavor the popcorn is less than ideal and overrides any benefit of the popcorn itself!
This article originally appeared on TheHealthyHomeEconomist.com. It is partially posted here with permission of the author.
Photo Credit: Tomiko Peirano
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