By Ed Barillas- Staff Writer
Have you ever thought of fighting diseases like heart disease, cancer and even slowing down aging with popcorn? Well, pop away. Popcorn contains polyphenois which are antioxidants that help rid the body of free radicals. Popcorn is also full of fibers and has a healthy amount of Vitamins and minerals. In itself popcorn is low in calories and can make you feel fuller and aid in digestion and also keep your digestive system healthy.
Eating popcorn without the fatty butter topping is a healthy alternative snack food. Homemade buttered popcorn has about 40 calories per cup, and because of this it is widely endorsed by the American Dental Association, The American Dietetic Association and the National Cancer Institute which cite it as a nutritional snack that can help fend off diabetes and some cancers. A study for the Center for Human Nutrition found that popcorn consumers have a higher overall intake of fibers; about 22 percent more than others, this intake of fibers can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.
Popcorn can even help you bring in that belt a little more. How? Foods that are rich in fiber will take us longer to eat, will make you feel fuller and will help in reaching for those unwanted sugary bars that can bust your diet.
Not all popcorn is good though. Be careful about the next time that you buy popcorn in the movie theater. Movie theater popcorn although being incredibly yummy is drenched in synthetic butter and sodium loaded salt. One sitting at a movie with a medium size popcorn (popped in coconut oil) bucket can contain more fat than a Big Mac with fries, a steak dinner and a breakfast of bacon and eggs combined.
Try adding these nutritional ingredients next time to your bowl of popcorn:
- Parmesan cheese
- Raw butter
- Garlic, onion salt or powder
- Dry oregano
- Dry basil
- Dry cilantro
- Soy nuts
So be mindful the next time you’re in a mood for popcorn about what you add to your bowl. Melt some organic butter and go at it, or better yet reach for those herbs and spices and create your own personal blend. And don’t fall for the butter is bad for you racket. Raw butter is wonderful for you and can be eaten spoonfuls at a time if one wishes and will just make your bowels work all the better and thus keep them healthy and strong.
In this day and age with all the fancy gourmet popcorn version let’s remember the Native Americans who where first in sprinkling herbs and spices on their popcorn and also give credit to the Colonist who poured milk over theirs and ate them for breakfast, maybe they knew a little about its healthy benefits as well.