Popcorn is known to be a good source of fiber, but recent research reported in WEB MD Health news shows it may be a better source of antioxidants than some fruit and vegetables! A chemistry professor at the University of Scranton analyzed the composition of popcorn for antioxidants which are compounds that undo the damage to the body caused by free radicals. Most of these antioxidants are in the hull of the popcorn rather than the fluffy stuff. Should people substitute popcorn for fruit and vegetables? The presence of polyphenols (antioxidants) in the hull of popcorn, does not prove benefit. It is now necessary to prove that these phenols will bet absorbed by the body, and also proving a benefit in the cardiovascular mortality rate. In the meantime, if you do have popcorn, pay attention to the carbohydrate content in your serving and leave out the butter, oil and salt.
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