Health Benefits of Popcorn
Did you know that popcorn may have more antioxidants than the 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables the U.S.D.A. recommends daily? That's right, according to a new study, one serving of popcorn may contain more antioxidants than all those fruits and vegetables. That's providing, of course, that you learn to appreciate the natural flavor of popcorn without soaking it in fatty butter and covering it in salt. Antioxidants can slow or even prevent cell damage caused by free radicals, molecules that cause tissue damaging and aging. Popcorn is a delicious food, nutritious snack that might just help you fight off some of the harmful effects of aging.
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In addition to being an antioxidant powerhouse, popcorn is a whole-grain food because it's not a refined or milled grain. Whole grains can help lower your risk heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Popcorn is a great snack choice if you have high blood pressure or are trying to lose weight. A lot of the good stuff in popcorn is in the hulls, and even if you do pick them out of your teeth, you're still eating part of the hull in a fully-popped kernel of popcorn. Want a fun and healthy treat? Check out our popcorn ball recipe!
Greasy movie-theater popcorn and microwave popcorn has its health benefits canceled out by butter, fats, salt and artificial flavors and preservatives. Air-popped popcorn is the best way to go if you want to preserve its health benefits. Try using a small amount of a healthy oil like olive oil and your favorite herbs for flavoring. Check out our special popcorn seasoning mixes. You'll be sure to find a seasoning for everyone in your family. You can make a big batch of your own air-popped popcorn (or use our old fashioned popcorn popper!) and let everyone season theirs individually. Our gourmet popcorn is great for your family movie or date night, and it's the perfect choice for great holiday gifts, hostess gifts, housewarmings, welcome gifts for new neighbors and for those times when you need a gift for a work colleague and have no idea what to buy.
If you're looking for a healthy, great-tasting snack for yourself and your family, give popcorn a second look.