Popcorn is Better For You Than Fruits and Vegetables?
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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.