Polyphenols have great health benefits because these compounds are able to help fight harmful molecules that damage cells. The findings are scheduled to be presented at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) this week.
Researchers found that one serving of popcorn contains almost 300 mg of antioxidants, almost double (160 mg) for all fruit per serving. Researchers have even found, popcorn-section of skin that is often trapped between the teeth-actually has a concentration of polyphenols and the high fiber. "The skin they deserve more attention because it has more nutritional content," says Vinson.
Even so, Vinson cautions that one can not simply rely on the popcorn. The reason, however, the popcorn does not contain vitamins and nutrients as contained in fruits and vegetables.
Vinson and his team conclude,
"Popcorn may be the perfect snack. A serving of popcorn provides more than 70 percent of the daily intake of wheat. The average person only gets about a half servings of whole grains a day, and popcorn to fill the shortfall in a fun way."
Do not mistakenly create a "popcorn"
Vinson warn back the wrong way of presenting popcorn that can cause serious health problems. The wrong way is, for example, cooking by oil, butter, or provide additional salt and sugar, that would make the snack high in fat and calories.
"Popcorn is made with a microwave and add the oil has twice as many calories. About 43 percent made use of microwave popcorn is fat," he explained.