Popping Popcorn Is Good News For Your Health
Popcorn is a tasty snack that you can enjoy without the slightest feelings of guilt...on two conditions!
One, popcorn is organic and two, take care how you pop it
This is because research scientists have recently discovered that popcorn is very high in healthy antixodants (polyphenols) and in fact, much higher even than fresh fruits and vegetables.
The reason for this is that polyphenols are more concentrated in popcorn (with its average water content of just 4%) while the same antioxidants are diluted in fruit and veggies because of their high water content of up to 90%. So you can keep on with your healthy and frequent servings of fresh fruit and veggies while safely adding in organic popcorn to your diet.
Air pop popcorn or try this wonderful healthy way
- Melt half butter and half coconut oil and stir in a clove of mashed garlic. Stir it up and pour it on the salted popcorn. You are now ready to pop your corn.
- Make sure to use organic popcorn, raw butter from grass fed cows, virgin or organic coconut oil, raw garlic and natural sea salt (not processed) for the full healthy taste. But please don't ever use canola oil as that is a GM product.
You can buy organic popcorn from Wholefoods and your local health store or you can buy larger quantities online from sites such as Amish Country Popcorn.
This is how they describe their product on their website:
“Here on the farm, we have a story about one of the country's leading popcorn suppliers. Within these pages, you will find everything you need to know about Amish Country Popcorn. We offer different colors of gourmet popcorn like blue, purple, red, yellow, white and rainbow popcorn and sizes of popcorn like extra large, medium, baby, ladyfinger and on the cob. We have a wide variety of popcorn seasonings and Fine White popcorn salt. We also introduce popcorn oils made especially for popping excellent popcorn, like peanut and coconut oil. And we even feature the best popcorn poppers available, including the world-famous Whirley Pop stove top popcorn popper. Our popcorn is Non-GMO!“
Even more good news about popcorn
According to preventdisease.com, Joe Vinson (Ph.D. from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania) says that researchers have discovered that the hulls of the popcorn - the part that everyone hates for its tendency to get caught in the teeth - actually has the highest concentration of polyphenols and fiber.
"Those hulls deserve more respect," said Vinson, "They are nutritional gold nuggets." He added “Popcorn may be the perfect snack food. It's the only snack that is 100 percent unprocessed whole grain. All other grains are processed and diluted with other ingredients, and although cereals are called "whole grain," this simply means that over 51 percent of the weight of the product is whole grain. One serving of popcorn will provide more than 70 percent of the daily intake of whole grain. The average person only gets about half a serving of whole grains a day, and popcorn could fill that gap in a very pleasant way."
He cautioned that the way people prepare and serve popcorn can quickly put a dent in its healthful image, pointing out that popcorn cannot replace fresh fruits and vegetables in a healthy diet.
Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and other nutrients that are critical for good health, but are missing from popcorn.
Perhaps it is time to re-discover the delights of home made popcorn made in the healthiest of ways for good taste and great benefits.
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