You eat it for fun and is a must at the movies, but why not eat it for your health? It’s light, easy to make and can satisfy your cravings. Eating popcorn is one of the healthiest snack habits you can have. It can help fight cancer, fills you with fiber, and has more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables.
9. It Has Few Calories
Don’t be fooled by the word popcorn. The healthy popcorn is the air-popped popcorn, not the fatty, butter-drenched popcorn you see being sold at the movie theaters. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, medium and large popcorn sizes at Regal Theaters each had 1,200 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat. A large popcorn at AMC isn’t much better, as it contains 1,030 calories and 57 grams of saturated fat.
Healthy popcorn is air-popped and only has 30 calories. You can use a hot air popper or put 3-4 tablespoons of kernels in a brown paper bag, fold the top of the bag twice to make sure it is properly closed, and then microwave it for two minutes.
8. Popcorn Could Be Healthier Than Fruits And Vegetables
According to scientists from the University of Scranton, popcorn is packed with polyphenols, which are compounds found in plants that act as antioxidants and can also reduce inflammation. Polyphenols are heavily diluted in fruits and vegetables, which are 90 percent water. Yet popcorn is composed of about 4 percent water, so the polyphenols are much more concentrated. One serving of popcorn can contain up to 300 mg of polyphenols, or 13 percent of the average American’s daily consumption. However, don’t increase your popcorn intake and lower your fruit and vegetable consumption, as popcorn doesn’t have many other vitamins and nutrients, so it can’t replace fruit and veggies in your diet.