Believe it or not, many researches and analysis have been made on the nutritional value of popcorn. What would you say if I tell you that popcorn’s are not just recommended for eating, but they actually contain more antioxidants than fruit and vegetables?
Just as an info: Antioxidants neutralize chemicals produced by oxidation and cell damaging, which contributes acceleration of ageing process and appearance of deceases. Some foods are extremely rich with antioxidants; like berries, broccoli, garlic, green tea, tomatoes and others. With their regular consumption you can lower the ageing signs and actually help preventing various deceases, as cancer, heart deceases, and lower blood pressure.
Antioxidants called “polyphenols” are contained in about 1,5% of the weight of the popcorn’s. Non-greasy, non-salted or non-sweetened popcorn are low in fat and they enter as whole grain in the category of healthy food. They are rich in fiber, vitamins B1 and B2, potassium, magnesium and carbohydrates. There is no doubt that popcorn’s are a great snack that can fit into any meal or fitness plan.
And how about the hull of the popcorn – that part that has a tendency to get stuck in the teeth – it actually has the highest concentration of polyphenols and fiber.
- Popcorn’s provide energy – producing complex carbohydrates;
- Popcorn contains fiber, providing roughage the body needs in the daily diet;
- Popcorn is naturally low in fat and calories;
The problem actually arises when we add additional ingredients, for example, butter, oil and salt. All of a sudden from 31 calorie they exceed 133 calories with just a bit of butter on the same amount.
Let’s not talk about the popcorn’s that we buy in movie theaters that can reach over 1200 calories.
To summarize, eat a bit of everything, do not limit yourself, but do not exaggerate also!