You may have heard a ton of things about antioxidants nowadays. How it can help the body by fighting all those free radicals that cause different types of diseases…. Now if you want to be healthy, don’t forget to eat your fruits, veggies… and popcorn!? Do you know that a serving of popcorn contains more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables? You read it right!
We may never look at it the same way again, as there are many benefits with eating popcorn than being just a fun snack.
Because of its benefits and being a good source of antioxidants, every person requires a daily intake of whole-grain. Popcorn is one good example of an unprocessed whole-grain food that contains an antioxidant called polyphenols. And one serving of popcorn can already provide the body 70 percent of that recommended daily intake which is double the amount than what fruits and vegetables can give. In addition, even those pesky hulls that are usually stuck in your teeth when eating popcorn are proven to have the highest polyphenols content and not only that because it is very high in fiber.
But despite all these good facts about popcorn, its potency will also depend on how it is prepared. Especially nowadays when popcorn is more enjoyed with added salt, butter or different artificial flavorings, this will mean more harm than good. And popcorn still is a calorie source. Microwavable popcorn that you can buy in the supermarket, for example, contains too much fat doubling its calorie content as opposed to popcorn that is manually prepared at home using a little or olive oil.
Fruits and vegetables are still important to us, because as healthy as it is, popcorn is still not a complete food. It still lacks vitamins and nutrients that can only be provided by eating fruits and vegetables. But it is good to know that you can definitely benefit from watching a movie at home this weekend, with a bucket full of hot and freshly popped – popcorn.