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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Popcorn-even healthier than we thought!

I love when a long time favorite food is found to be even healthier for me than I knew! I have long loved fresh, air-popped popcorn. It is such a satisfying treat. It is crunchy and filling and can have a variety of flavorings, like butter spray, or herbal accents (Herbes de Provence with a smidgen of salt..yum!). Now research informs us that popcorn is also high in antioxidants.

According to a recent article in The Week, Researchers at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania ran tests on several different popcorn brands and found that the hulls contained surprisingly high levels of antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been found to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Even more impressive- a serving of popcorn provides more than twice the polyphenols as a similar serving of most fruits and vegetables, and because it contains little water, popcorn 's nutritional benefits are more highly concentrated. As a whole grain, popcorn also boasts higher concentrations of fiber than cereals or breads do. Awesome!

Popcorn is looking more and more like the "perfect snack food"! How great is that!?!