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Reasons to Choose Popcorn as a Healthy Snack

Posted Mar 11 2013 7:00pm 1 Comment

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Popcorn is one of the most popular snacks but many people are not aware that it may not be an unhealthy choice at all. Of course if you want to consider popcorn a healthy alternative, you cannot add tons of butter, flavoring or seasoning, like people do at movie theaters. If you want to make it an even healthier snack, buy organic popcorn and you should have a few reasons to choose organic.

Many traditional brands are now offering organic loose popcorn as well as organic microwave popcorn . Buying plain organic popcorn either from a bulk container or in packaging from a natural food company is the best way to ensure you are getting all the healthy properties of the kernels. That’s right, popcorn does offer plenty of health properties.

Popcorn contains very high amounts of antioxidants, a substance called polyphenols. In fact, polyphenols are more concentrated in popcorn due to the fact water content makes up only four percent. In comparison, polyphenols in fruit are diluted by about 90 percent of its water content. In addition, the hulls of popcorn contain the highest concentrations of both polyphenols and fiber.

Recent studies have shown that the amount of polyphenols in popcorn is 300 mg a serving compared to 114 mg for sweet corn. The levels of polyphenols were also 15 times greater than whole grain tortilla chips. In some cases, one serving of popcorn will provide more than 70 percent of the daily intake of whole grain. Additionally, popcorn is a dieter’s great choice with only around 30 calories for one cup serving.

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