Good to Know Nutrition

Lord of the Snacks: Popcorn Rules Over All


The tasty treat contains more polyphenols — powerful antioxidants — than many fruits and vegetables.

 Good news for the summer movie crowd: Popcorn actually contains more polyphenols— powerful antioxidants—than many fruits and vegetables.

A new study performed at the University of Scranton fo

und that popcorn contains about 300 milligrams of polyphenols per serving, as opposed to the 160mg found in a serving of any kind of fruit.

You’ll also take in one gram of fiber for every cup of air-popped popcorn, which packs only six grams of carbs.

Most varieties of microwave, movie-theater, and kettle popcorn cancel out these health benefits with ungodly a

mounts of added fat, sodium, and sugar, so prepare your own. If you don’t have an air popper, cook it in a pot with a l

ight amount of vegetable oil.

Kernels of Truth

Air-popped popcorn contains 31 calories per cup. Oil-popped popcorn contains 55.

360°F: the average temperature needed for popcorn to start popping

All popcorn is whole grain, a source of complex carbs.

Unpopped kernels are called “old maids.”