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Can Popcorn Actually Be Healthy For Us?

Posted by Rural Route 1 on 9/11/2014

I’ve got great news for popcorn lovers all around the world. Popcorn has many, great health benefits. What makes this news even more fantastic is that it comes at a time that corn is getting a bad rap in many corners. However, the negative aspects to consuming corn products are mostly related to corn syrup which is an ultra-processed corn by-product that is no better than eating bowls of sugar. But, a kernel of popcorn is magical and full of healthy goodness.

A Kernel Of Magic

The fact that a serving of popcorn is actually made up of a handful or so of whole kernels of corn means that popcorn is loaded with fiber. A single cup of hot-air popped white popcorn has one gram of fiber and only 31 calories. And, let’s face it, you will never eat just a single cup of popped popcorn, but rather four or five at least, which will put four of five grams of fiber into your system.

Fiber is good for you because it slows the digestion process which gives you a steady stream of energy since it keeps the glucose from the food you eat from going directly into your bloodstream. Also, plenty of studies have shown that fiber lowers cholesterol levels, helps folks feel full quicker and longer, and keeps you...regular.

Complex Carbs, Antioxidants

The popped kernel also contains the same healthy properties that other whole grains are known for such as antioxidants and energy-giving complex carbohydrates. One of the antioxidants that popcorn is rich in are polyphenols. Science believes that popcorn has more polyphenols by weight than do most fruits. These antioxidants fight cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Add Good Health To Your Popcorn

You can boost the healthy benefits of your snack by adding healthy seasonings and the like to your popcorn. Spray it with extra-virgin olive oil, sprinkle it with shavings of dark chocolate, or shake dehydrated garlic on your bowl of popcorn, and you will reap the benefits offered by these three foods.