We’ve long heard the benefits of chocolate, but now another snack favorite has been deemed to be a health food. In a new study, popcorn was found to have as much as two times higher concentration of polyphenols than fruits and vegetables.
Polyphenols are plant substances, which serve as antioxidants. They’re the compounds which are thought to ward off disease by protecting against harmful chemical reactions in the body. Unfortunately, the hull (the part that gets stuck between our teeth) packs the highest concentration of antioxidants. Another benefit is popcorn is a whole grain and a great source of fiber.
My favorite late night treat is hot buttered popcorn cooked in a hot air popper. I also add a dash of salt and garlic powder. YUM! Of course, I purchase organic popcorn (and butter) from the whole foods store, because corn is usually Genetically Modified (GMO).
Grated Parmesan Cheese
And my favorite: Garlic Powder
Tristan Agrees: Hot Air Poppers Still the Best
Of course, you want to stay away from bagged microwave popcorn (which I USED to eat). Most of it has loads of salt and contain added trans fats and even if they don’t, the corn may be rancid s it sits in the oil. In addition, the chemical diacetyl used for the butter flavor was replaced because it was found to be toxic. Now the new substitute may also be toxic.
Buy yourself a hot air popper. Hot air poppers are a bargain at about $15. Orville Redenbacker and Cuisinart offer a BPA-free hot air popcorn maker.