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Eating popcorn every day has many health benefits. At least this is what a new study carried out by the Scranton University, Pennsylvania. Popcorn has a higher concentration of polyphenols, an antioxidant, than fruits and vegetables. What good news, right? With what my daughter and I like popcorn ...
What are antioxidants? They are substances found in some foods that protect cells against the body's natural oxidation. They help slow down aging, in addition to preventing degenerative diseases such as cancer. There are antioxidants not only in popcorn, like also in chocolate, purple fruits, red wine and green tea.
The study found that popcorn husks, which almost always stick in the throat or get caught between the teeth when we eat them, contain a high concentration of polyphenols and fibers. In a serving of popcorn, the amount of this antioxidant exceeded 300 mg, compared to 160 mg, in any piece of fruit. The ingestion of 100 g of popcorn per day can satisfy 13 percent of the ideal daily intake of polyphenols.
On the other hand, the researchers warn that popcorn is only beneficial to health, when they are made without salt or sugar and without fat. Popcorn, made with a lot of oil or butter, or even a lot of salt, can be a fat bomb. Microwave popcorn is also not recommended because it contains twice as many calories as popcorn made in a casserole. Researchers also insist that popcorn should not replace the consumption of fruits and vegetables by children, since these foods contain vitamins and nutrients essential for the health of children.
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