Surprising health benefits of organic popcorn

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Thu. Mar. 29, 2012

(NaturalHealth365) Although I wouldn’t rush to say popcorn is a “super food” – scientists have found an abundance of an antioxidant substance called “polyphenols” within this popular snack food.

Joe Vinson, Ph.D., a pioneer in analyzing healthful components in chocolate, nuts and other foods, stated that the polyphenols are more concentrated in popcorn, because the water content makes up only 4 percent, while the polyphenols in fruit are diluted by about 90 percent of its water content.

In addition, the hulls of popcorn – you know that part that gets stuck between your teeth – has the highest concentrations of both polyphenols and fiber. Dr. Vinson said, “Those hulls deserve more respect,” and he further stated, “They are nutritional gold nuggets.”

Popcorn testing has some surprising results

Recent studies find that the amount of polyphenols in popcorn was up to 300 mg a serving compared to 114mg for sweet corn and 160 mg for all fruits per serving. The levels of polyphenols rivaled those in nuts and were up to 15 times greater than whole grain tortilla chips.

Dr. Vinson also pointed out that “one serving of popcorn will provide more than 70 percent of the daily intake of whole grain. The average person only gets about half a serving of whole grains a day, and popcorn could fill the gap in a very pleasant way.”

Popcorn may not have all the essential vitamins and minerals of fruit and vegetables, but as one of the most popular snack foods in the world – it is nice to know it can significantly add to the dietary intake of polyphenols.

Popcorn is a nutritional success story

Popcorn is a dieter’s delight, in calories it comes in at about 108 for a 3½ cup serving. This is impressive since you are getting more than calories; it also provides 10% of your requirement for magnesium.

It is an original “go lean” food for those on weight control plans. There is flexibility to the type of condiments that can be added for flavor such as: high-quality sea salt, garlic powder, chili powder, or just about any dried (organic) herb. Increasing the nutrition power of popcorn doesn’t mean you have to add a whole lot of calories.

Anything from brewer’s yeast to some grass fed dairy butter is used by some health-minded people. Naturally, all of these suggestions are based on plain, air-popped organic kernels.

When Popcorn isn’t really healthy

The trendy use of popcorn including kettle corn, movie popcorn, and chocolate dipped pieces are not in the public interest or a landmine of nutrition. Cineplex popcorn runs from 780 to 1100 plus calories of artery clogging, waistline expanding frankenfood.

Microwave popcorn has been linked to lung disease in factory workers from the exposure of a chemical know as diacetyl which is used to produce the buttery flavors, and consumers who eat very large amounts put themselves at risk.

Anything that negatively changes a healthy nutritious food into a chemically processed one is a threat to our health. Buying plain organic popcorn either from a bulk container or in packaging from an outstanding natural food company is the best way to ensure you are getting all the goodness of the kernels.

About the author – Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.

Comments

  • ionica

    OK!

  • Norm

    However if you are prone to developing diverticulitis, you shoud not eat to much,if you are diagnosed with it you should not eat any,as well asbstaining from the consumtion of nuts and seeds unless they are ground into butter or paste. Generaly if you develop lower left quadrant stomach pain,stop eating popcorn,and go on a medimucil routine for about 30 days

  • Ronn

    We have popcorn once a week at our house (sort of a tradition, LOL). We pop organic popcorn in a hot air popper, then drizzle organic coconut oil (Nutiva brand) over it, sprinkle on some nutritional yeast (for a cheesy taste!), some Himalayan salt and a dash of cayenne. Best popcorn I’ve ever had. We even smuggle it in to movies with us.

  • Morgana Brianna

    Interesting about popcorn & dieting though I was using microwave popcorn at the time.I put on 30 lbs quickly after quitting a particular drug so I was about 17lbs overweight & it was in one right place~my breasts but in one bad place`my belly.Don`t know how I figured this diet that worked!but I do have a B.A. in Chemistry~I didn`t change anything else in my “healthy diet“ but replaced one meal with regular yogurt with fruit,all the grapes & low fat popcorn I wanted & lost the 30 lbs back to my usual weight of about 160lbs(I.m 5`11)but now that I`m on a diet for IBS which is very low fat & I avoid sugar except that in fruit & use stevia I`m down to a stable 148lbs & my waist is the desirable 35“ that seems to be recommended everywhere I look so i don`t have metabolic syndrome & I intend to keep it that way.But I have to watch my sugar(tiny bit high) because I take a drug that can cause diabetes & that same drug can cause high triglycerides & mine are at the low end of high~214 but I don`t see any doctor too conncerned & my internist says to watch the carbohydrates but I need them on the IBS diet but I know that it`s actually the glycemic index that`s important so I try to substitute lower GIs for potatos & rice(have to eat soluble fiber with every meal on this diet)So,for me Atkins diet would be a disaster,I`m living proof that one can eat carbohydrates & have a normal BMI & he,a cardiologist dropped dead from a heat attack,so I`ve heard?No surprise eating all that meat & fat.Am I right that that is what his idea of a good diet was to lose weight?Not healthy at all,I know;what about fruits,vegetables & whole grains?


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