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Believe it or not popcorn is actually not bad for you and can be a good healthy choice if you’re looking for a new snack to add to your diet routine. Sorry folks, this doesn’t apply to cinema popcorn or the types in the grocery store that add loads of other ingredients like toffee or extra butter. (I wish ?!) What’s great about pure popcorn is that it doesn’t have any sugar which is a win because excess sugar can cause serious problems, such as a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and a reduction in HDL cholesterol (the good kind ☠️).

 

Pure popcorn actually contains antioxidants. According to a study at the University of Scranton, popcorn contains polyphenols and one serving can actually provide 13 percent of an average intake of polyphenols a day per person in the United States. When prepared properly, popcorn is also low in calories.

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Popcorn is very high in fibre meaning you’ll feel full longer as it takes more time to digest. A diet with the proper amount of fibre intake is important as it aids blood sugar levels, normalizes bowel movement, lowers cholesterol and can help maintain a healthy weight.

 

To ensure that popcorn stays a healthy snack, it is best to heat it up on the stove versus put in the microwave. While it’s unclear how many of the chemicals omitted from the plastic bag could be dangerous (the most toxic that is currently known is diacetyl – the ingredient used to give popcorn that buttery flavour), it is still a wise idea to play it on the safe side. If you do cook microwave popcorn that does have diacetyl in it, don’t inhale the steam as you wait for the bag to cool. Diacetyl vapourizes when heated in the microwave, meaning that you would be directly inhaling it.

 

How to prepare popcorn in the healthiest way possible:

 

-Put a little bit of olive oil, coconut oil or ghee in a pan.

 

-Pop it on the stove on medium-high heat.

 

-Place a couple kernels into the oil.

 

-Once the kernels pop, add the rest of the kernels in an even layer. Cover with a lid.

 

-Gently shake the pan as the kernels begin popping.  Leave the lid slightly ajar so that steam is released, but keep the heat contained enough that the popcorn still pops.

 

-Once the popping begins to slow down, wait a few more seconds for the last kernels to pop and then remove from the heat and place into a bowl.

 

-Enjoy!

xo

 

 

Sources:

Staff, By Mayo Clinic. “Nutrition and Healthy Eating.” Dietary Fiber: Essential for a Healthy Diet. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2016.

 

“Is Microwave Popcorn a Health Food?” Time. Time, n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2016.

 

“Popcorn Study Puts Scranton Faculty Member and Student in National Spotlight.” Popcorn Study Puts Scranton Faculty Member and Student in National Spotlight. N.p., Mar. 2012. Web. 07 Nov. 2016.

 

Guthrie, By Catherine. “Is Microwave Popcorn Bad for You?” Oprah.com. N.p., Mar. 2008. Web. 07 Nov. 2016.

 

O’Connor, Anahad. “Is Sugar Really Bad for You? It Depends.” New York Times, 8 June 2016. Web. 7 Nov. 2016.