Popcorn - The New Health Food? March 29, 2012
Popcorn - The New Health Food? March 29, 2012

A new study out of the University of Scranton found that popcorn might contain higher levels of certain antioxidants than some fruits and vegetables.

Testing was done on four different brands of plain popcorn. Results revealed that popcorn is packed with polyphenols, which have been shown to help prevent cancer. A majority of these polyphenols are found in the hull of the kernel (not in the fluffy white part).

Polyphenols help to protect against the damage done by free radicals. They are found in numerous foods derived from plants including chocolate and wine. The levels in popcorn were found to be higher than fruits like apples or pears, 300 mgs per serving, compared to 160 mgs per serving.

This is not to say that popcorn can now replace fruits and vegetables. They contain many vitamins and minerals that popcorn does not. Although, popcorn can replace a lot of unhealthier snack options.

So is popcorn the perfect snack food? Not exactly, but it is pretty close.

The popcorn used in the study was plain, but more often than not, people are consuming processed popcorn that is covered in oil, butter, salt or some other artificial flavoring. And as with most things, moderation is the key.

So I’m afraid that super-sized bucket of movie popcorn will not be considered “healthy.”

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