7 Healthy Reasons to Eat Popcorn
For a crunchy, salty treat, popcorn is the perfect healthy snack (if you make it right). Here are 7 surprising health benefits of popcorn.
Popcorn is packed with protein
Ounce for ounce, popcorn has more protein and phosphorus than potato chips. (And more than eggs and spinach!)
It’s a great weight-loss snack
Popcorn is a weight watchers dream snack – it’s sugar free, fat free and low in calories. No need to feel guilty at just 31 calories for 1 cup air popped popcorn!
It’s a healthy whole grain
Popcorn is a whole grain, which means it’s a good source of dietary fiber. In fact, 1 cup has 1.3 grams of fibre. Grains are comparable in concentration of antioxidants to fruit and vegetables,” says Joe Vinson, a professor of chemistry at The University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, adding that while berries and other colourful foods are high in anthocyanin antioxidants, grains are high in phenolic acid antioxidants, which may be easier for the body to absorb.
You won’t get bored of it
Popcorn is an incredibly versatile snack. Eat it plain, or spiced, or sweetened, or lightly buttered. Have it dry or gooey. It’s all good.
It helps stave off hunger
Popcorn is a great between-meal snack. Popped corn is mostly air, which makes it highly effective for staving off hunger cravings without damaging your diet.
Popcorn is gluten-free. Finely ground, it can be used in place of breadcrumbs for a great crunchy coating on chicken and fish, or seasoned like croutons and topped on a salad.
At just .19 cents an ounce, these kernels are one of the least expensive snack foods on the market today.