The Health Benefits of Popcorn
By Brandi Swieter
Popcorn gets harvested in the fall, making October the perfect month to celebrate National Popcorn Poppin' Month. Though many enjoy the snack throughout the year, particularly while watching movies, the treat is especially ideal right when it's fresh. Popcorn offers several health benefits that makes it worthwhile this month and always.
Made from Whole Grains
Whole grains are a healthier version, and that's exactly what popcorn is. The 100 percent whole grain snack contains lots of antioxidants. People need to be sure to eat the entire piece, though. The hull that tends to get stuck in the teeth actually contains the most antioxidant powers. It's the part that has most of the polyphenols with the ability to fight off free radicals found in the body.
People looking to lose weight can feel good about choosing popcorn as a snack once in a while. It's low in calories as long as extra butter isn't added. Just an ounce of typical popcorn contains 100 calories, making a small amount, even with butter, safe to eat. A version popped at home with cinnamon or other spices added instead of fat or sodium will allow you to eat even more for less calories. Air popping with a proper machine is the healthiest way to make popcorn. Using the microwave often requires added oil that can add to the fat content.
Lots of Fiber
Also due to the whole grains, popcorn is high in fiber. With so much fiber in the diet, people are bound to experience a boost in digestive health. Heart health can be improved as well. The nutriment works to regulate the blood sugar levels and reduce bad levels of cholesterol.
Vitamins and Minerals
Quite a few vitamins and minerals are found in popcorn as well. Enjoy the treat to get more of these in the system. Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, and Vitamin E are among some of them. Folate and magnesium are found within it also.
Popcorn is usually made unhealthy due to the excess butter poured on top,as well as salt, flavorings, additives, and more. Avoid the extra fat and calories and simply enjoy a spiced version with more power. There are plenty of health benefits in popcorn if people are popping plain kernels at home rather than buying bags from the store. Enjoy the snack during National Popcorn Poppin' Month and any other time of the year.
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