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50 Foods That Are Healthier Than You Think: #21 - Popcorn

Monday, November 26, 2012

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Is popcorn on par with fruits and veggies? Not only does it count as a serving of whole grains, but according to a recent study, a three cup serving of popped popcorn may actually contain up to twice the amount of antioxidants contained in a serving of some fruits or veggies, says Sass. “That’s because the antioxidants are more concentrated, due to popcorn’s lower water content compared to fluid-rich produce. And it’s not just the flakes (the technical term for a popped kernel) that are good for you either! The hulls (that golden part that gets caught between your teeth) are what holds the highest concentration of antioxidants and fiber,” explains Sass. Just don’t ruin it by munching popcorn that’s been drowned in trans-fat filled ‘movie theatre-style’ butter.

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"Every once in a while, someone will mail me a single popcorn kernel that didn't pop. I'll get out a fresh kernel, tape it to a piece of paper and mail it back to them." ~ Orville Redenbacher


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JMORRIS85 11/30/2012 12:52AM

    Thank you for giving me more reasons to eat my favorite snack!!! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 11/27/2012 8:38PM

    Popcorn is my go to snack of the evening. emoticon

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DEELB1 11/27/2012 1:25AM

  emoticon emoticon I am going to go back later and read what foods I am missing out on! dee aka deelb

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DEE107 11/27/2012 12:13AM

    thank you

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/26/2012 8:03PM

    Mmm, now I want some popcorn for my evening snack.

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GOPINTOS 11/26/2012 5:25PM

    Thanks for sharing! (Love your background also!)


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PEPPYPATTI 11/26/2012 5:25PM

    Yay for popcorn! That has been my snack of choice lately! Thank you for sharing this!
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NELLJONES 11/26/2012 1:13PM

    I love popcorn, but only if I make it on the stove in oil like I did when I was a kid, with superfine pickling salt and real dairy butter. Which means I rarely get to eat it.

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JACKIE542 11/26/2012 9:58AM

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MEADSBAY 11/26/2012 7:58AM

    Most people do NOT realize all the chemicals used in those microvwave popcorn bags, though.
Read the box, people!
I found a super easy recipe online for microwaving real popcorn in a brown paper lunch bag (ratio of 1t oil w/ 1/4 c popcorn) that is just perfect!

Comment edited on: 11/26/2012 7:59:48 AM

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LOSER05 11/26/2012 7:44AM

    I love popcorn.

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GAYLLYNNE 11/26/2012 6:52AM

    Yup, one of the many reasons I love popcorn!

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GABY1948 11/26/2012 6:34AM

    WOW, I did NOT know all this about popcorn...I knew it was great fiber but I love it even more now! emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 11/26/2012 1:20AM

    Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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