Popcorn is one of the most healthiest and a popular snack food. Although it’s loaded with important nutrients, it’s sometimes prepared with large amounts of fat, sugar and salt. These ingredients cause overeating. Because of this, you really have to know how to prepare your popcorn to get good healthy benefits.
What you need to know about popcorn:
- It’s a whole grain food
- Contains Vitamins B1, B3 and B6
- Contains iron
- Contains magnesium
- Contains zinc
- Contains manganese
- Contains copper
- Contains phosphorus
- Contains potassium
- It’s a great source of fiber!
Studies show it contains lots of polyphenols which have been linked to better circulation and improved digestive health. It may even reduce the risk of Cancer, to include prostate and breast cancer.
Because of it’s high fiber content, it’s great for your digestive health and may promote weight loss. Of course, it’s all in how you make it.
Stay away from pre-packaged microwaved popcorn!
Most popcorn microwave bags are lined with a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) which have been associated with various health problems such as ADHD, low birth weight and thyroid problems, just to name a few. They may also contain a chemical called diacetyl in the artificial butter flavoring. Lastly, most contain hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, which contain harmful trans fats that lead to heart disease and other serious diseases.
A medium sized popcorn at a movie theater chain contains about 1200 calories and that’s before adding the buttery topping!
“So how can I get my hands on some healthy popcorn??”. I’m glad you asked!
Here’s a simple recipe for a delicious healthy popcorn treat:
- 3 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil.
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels.
- 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- Place oil and kernels into a large pot and cover it. (popcorn made on the stove or air popper are the healthiest)
- Cook over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes or until the popping almost stops.
- Remove from heat and pour into a serving bowl.
- Season with salt.
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