(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.