Who doesn’t love unwinding on a weekend night with a movie and a bowl of popcorn? When prepared with just the right ingredients, popcorn is low in calories, heart-smart, and surprisingly full of healthy nutrients. Popcorn’s reputation as a healthy snack food popped up a few notches recently as scientists reported that it contains more of the healthful antioxidant substances called “polyphenols” than fruits and vegetables.
Joe Vinson, Ph.D., explained that the polyphenols are more concentrated in popcorn, which averages about 4 percent water, while polyphenols are diluted in the 90 percent water that makes up many fruits and vegetables.
Vinson declared, “Popcorn may be the perfect snack food.” It’s the only snack that is 100 percent unprocessed whole grain.
One serving of popcorn will provide more than 70 percent of the daily intake of whole grain. The average person gets only about half a serving of whole grains a day, and popcorn could fill that gap in a very pleasant way.
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