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

Monday, November 26, 2012

From pasta and cheese to mayo and beer, ivillage.com asked nutrition experts to share what some may consider as unhealthy foods that may actually be better for the body than we realize. Read on for the good news from www.ivillage.com/foods-a


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

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