Popcorn, among other snack foods; is often associated with high fat,salt and sugar content.That’s in fact true for the majority of ready to- eat popcorn found in supermarkets and other food venues. These added ingredients in popcorn lead to unwanted weight gain and other negative effects on health.
Let’s take a closer look at what popcorn really is !!
Popcorn is a whole grain, high fiber food rich in phenolic acids (powerful antioxidants). Eating whole grains has been linked to reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as : Type 2 diabetes,coronary heart disease and hypertension.The most abundant type of phenolic acid found in popcorn is ferulic acid. Studies have shown that consumption of ferulic acid lowers oxidative stress, increases insulin, decreases lipids, atherosclerosis and reduces blood pressure.
Air -popped popcorn topped with antioxidant rich herbs, spices and /or nuts is a great snack.Consumed this way it provides the most health benefits.
Popcorn is the only food that is 100% whole grain by weight ( air popped and plain)
Popcorn provides the most satiety compared to other snacks and desserts.
Popcorn provides 1.6 more satiety than potato chips.
One cup of air popped popcorn provides only 30 calories.
Popcorn is one of the most popular snack foods in the world.
Corn contains the greatest amount of phenolic acids when compared to oats, wheat and rice.
Corn bran is among the highest antioxidant food in existence.
Studies have found that popcorn contains substantial quantities of polyphenols ( antioxidants).
So, make a batch of home -made popcorn, top it with your favorite herbs and spices and watch that movie you’ve been wanting to see. You will never want to eat any other popcorn !