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Healthy Snack! Read why popcorn is healthier than many fruits and veggies…

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kettle_popcorn_580Good news for the movie crowd: Popcorn actually contains more polyphenols— powerful antioxidants—than many fruits and vegetables.

A new study performed at the University of Scranton found that popcorn contains about 300 milligrams of polyphenols per serving, as opposed to the 160mg found in a serving of any kind of fruit.

You’ll also take in one gram of fiber for every cup of air-popped popcorn, which packs only six grams of carbs.

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Most varieties of microwave, movie-theater, and kettle popcorn cancel out these health benefits with ungodly amounts of added fat, sodium, and sugar, so prepare your own. If you don’t have an air popper, cook it in a pot with a light amount of vegetable oil.

Kernels of Truth

– Air-popped popcorn contains 31 calories per cup. Oil-popped popcorn contains 55.

– 360°F: the average temperature needed for popcorn to start popping

– All popcorn is whole grain, a source of complex carbs.

– Unpopped kernels are called “old maids.” (Source: Muscle & Fitness)

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  2. Amy Jo Priem

    March 4, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Like it with garlic powder, salt,Parmesan cheese

  3. Susan Miles

    March 4, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I love popcorn. I will have to try some air popped popcorn drizzled with coconut oil, and then adding curry powder and nutritional yeast to it for a healthy snack! YUM! 🙂

  4. Lisa Gavrillen

    March 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    im eating popcorn now

  5. Greer Siscoe-Hayes

    March 3, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Popcorn is not very good for your nutrition. No GMO FOODS.

  6. Jenn Hernandez

    March 3, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Skinny Pop is the best popcorn I have tried. Get a big bag at Costco.

    • Linnea

      November 2, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Skinny girl is also my favorite.. then .. pop secret 2nd. I am not a huge fan of Orville’s ..its not bad its just that it the popcorn burns even when its still popping like crazy. Weird.

  7. Luci Morris

    March 3, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I use coconut oil, delish!!

  8. Amy Forrest-Bernard

    March 3, 2014 at 6:46 am

    I agree that popcorn is good for you but fruits and veggies are a must!

  9. Melissa Schuler Averi

    March 3, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Buy non gmo organic microwave popcorn

  10. Renee Pena

    March 3, 2014 at 12:56 am

    That’s a BIG Lie !! Smh

  11. Charles Martin

    March 3, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Not the microwave popcorn it’s the worst. The chemicals that are used to make it pop. Check it out for yourself.

  12. Angie Dixon

    March 3, 2014 at 12:30 am

    I love it popped in a tiny bit of coconut oil + curry powder + nutritional yeast- DELISH. So addicting though- you’ll try and eat a whole bowl.

  13. Jenn Kat

    March 3, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Love popcorn! Low in fat, low in sugar, high in fiber, and super duper high in flavor! This is my go to snack 🙂

  14. peter halvorson

    March 2, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Hang on here folks! The nutritional benefits of popcorn aside, as it may have higher polyphenols mentioned in this article but the downside is not worth it. Corn as we know it in America is all GMO, or a Genetically Modified Organism and is not the same as even 20 years ago. You basically don’t digest it!
    Secondly, popcorn is a very rough and ‘sharp’ substance to your small intestine, the place where most of your nutrients are taken into your body. The rough and sharp rip up your intestines causing leaks into your bloodstream which sets off defensive, ‘allergen’ responses that have inflammation as a result. Many, many people that are overweight or obese have inflammatory processes going on that contribute to a whole lot to weight gain.
    Recommended not to eat popcorn, but if you want to occasionally then please chew it until its liquid in your mouth! Gotta love a movie with popcorn!

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