Popcorn is Better For You Than Fruits and Vegetables?
Put down that broccoli and pick up a giant tub of popcorn. After all, we could ALL stand to be a little bit healthier, right?
Believe it or not, scientists from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania say that, in some ways, POPCORN is a healthier snack than fruits or vegetables.
They found that popcorn contains more of an antioxidant called polyphenols than fruits or vegetables. Polyphenols help you fight heart disease, wrinkles, inflammation, and more.
That's not the only healthy aspect of popcorn. It's the only snack that's 100% unprocessed whole grain, so one serving gives you more than 70% of your daily intake of whole grain.
Of course, once you soak popcorn in a ton of butter and oil, it offsets a lot of the healthy quality. And adding sugar to make kettle corn makes it even worse. Plus fruits and vegetables obviously have vitamins that popcorn doesn't have.
But air-popped popcorn with lighter oil and a little salt IS really a pretty good snack for you.