Proof That Popcorn Is Healthier Than Fruit and Veggies
Posted On May 09, 2016
Pop more popcorn and don’t feel guilty about it. A recent scientific study shows that popcorn, which is wrapped with whole grains, fibers, and antioxidants, packs a better nutritional punch than fruits and vegetables. Sort of.
Whole grains are composed of three parts: the germ, the bran, and the endosperm. Each part houses healthy benefits including vitamins, minerals, protein, and more. Popcorn is the only snack that is 100 percent unprocessed whole grain, therefore it provides all of the healthy benefits derived from every component of the whole grain. All other grains, such as cereal, are processed and diluted with other ingredients. The average person only gets about half a serving of whole grains a day, and popcorn, providing more than 70 percent of the daily intake, could fill that gap in a pleasant way.
Dietary fiber is a key benefit of whole grains. About five grams of fiber are provided for every four cups of popped corn. The recommended daily consumption of fiber for women is 25 grams and 38 for men; however, most people only intake about half the suggested dosage. A sufficient fiber intake can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, lessen blood cholesterol, and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by controlling blood sugar.
Chemistry professor, Joe Vinson, Ph.D., of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania conducted a study on popcorn. It reported that popcorn contains more of the nutritious antioxidant substances called polyphenols than fruit and vegetables. Apparently, popcorn provides up to 300 mg of polyphenols while a typical daily intake of fruit and vegetables provide between 200-250 mg. Further, those annoying little husks that get stuck between your teeth contain high concentrations of antioxidants and fiber. Dr. Vinson describes the hulls as “nutritional gold nuggets.”
Truth be told – popcorn will never be a replacement for produce, which is filled with other essential nutrients and antioxidants that are not found in the exploded kernels. So, I wouldn’t give up fruits and veggies just yet; however, popcorn is still a great, low-cal snack.
As long as you steer clear of the selections drowned in salt, sugar, butter, and/or oil, you won’t negate popcorn’s beneficial components. If possible, you should only eat air-popped corn because microwaved popcorn has twice as many calories and popping with oil in a pan can also be bad.
We love to munch on 100 percent whole grain, freshly air-popped, GMO free popcorn from PopsCorn. It’s produced locally, and is a New You favorite.
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