Looking for a good low-calorie snack that has high antioxidants and fills you up? Well, a recent study at the University of Scranton shows that popcorn might actually be your best bet.
While in most cases cooking your vegetables without blanching them usually leads to a diminishing of the nutrients; popcorn doesn’t seem to have that problem. They showed that air popped popcorn contains more antioxidants than fresh fruits or vegetables out there.
One of the project’s researchers explains: “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.”
Not only that, but the brown bits are actually a great source of fiber as well.
This bit of news doesn’t come without caveats of course. Salt and butter still don’t provide benefit so it’s best to keep them out of the equation. Air popped is the best as opposed to oil or microwaved cooking.
It might be a small concession but I’ll take my wins where I can get them. This week when I’m sitting on the couch watching my movie with some popcorn and someone asks me what I’m doing; I’ll smile and respond: “Dieting.”