Why You Should Make Popcorn Your Favorite Healthy Snack

Why You Should Make Popcorn Your Favorite Healthy Snack

Popcorn is a guilty pleasure that most people enjoy when they hit the movie theater, but since it has gotten a bad rap in the media, many people don’t know that popcorn can be one of the healthiest snacks you can eat. Sure, not all popcorn is good for you. But, there are ways that you can keep it healthy while still making it, taste outstanding.

It isn’t just movie-theater popcorn called out for its trans fat-laden content, but microwave popcorn was also exposed because of the unhealthy chemicals it contains.  Lining the bulk popcorn Vancouver grocery aisles are various types and flavors of popcorn. From skinny versions to caramel covered, there is something for every taste. But, the best kind of popcorn still comes from your popcorn maker.

There are some things that most people don’t know about popcorn. If it’s prepared correctly, it can be one of the healthiest and tastiest snacks to satiate any craving. These are five things that you may not know about popcorn that might convince you to make it your new guilty pleasure at home.

Popcorn is healthy

Not many people know how healthy and nutritious, popcorn is. Popcorn that is made without oils, fats and sugars added, like the kind popped in an air popper, is full of antioxidants and fiber. In fact, a study conducted at Scranton University found that popcorn may have more antioxidants in a single serving than what most people get from a full day’s worth of fruits and vegetables.

It is also chalked full of vitamins like niacin, vitamins B, E and K, riboflavin, folate, and it is a good source of polyphenols, potassium, zinc, and iron.  Polyphenols are antioxidants that help to fight against cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.

It is low in calories

When you have popcorn made without oils and fats, the calorie count for a single cup of air-popped popcorn is just 31 calories and has only 0.3 grams of fat. Because it is a high-fiber snack, it also helps you feel full a lot longer than eating simple carbohydrates. Enough to hold you over until your next meal, 31 calories can be burned off without effort.

A very inexpensive snack

Another advantage of popcorn is that it is one of the cheapest healthy snacks you can make. If you pop it yourself, you can have enough snacks for months for about six dollars. If you buy organic popcorn it may be a bit more expensive, but certainly not as much as most of the prepared snacks found in grocery aisles. For just a fraction of the cost of other types of nutritious snacks, it fills you up for pennies a day.

It’s an excellent food for someone on a diet

For those who are looking to trim down or to maintain their weight, popcorn is an excellent food when you are on a weight-loss or restricted diet. Unlike other low-calorie foods, popcorn’s glycemic index is very low. The glycemic index of food indicates how it affects blood sugar levels.

Foods with a lower GI won’t lead to a spike in blood sugar levels that can leave you feel hungry after you have just eaten. Popcorn has a relatively low GI of 55, meaning that it will make you feel full longer than the average low-calorie snack.

It is high in fiber

Popcorn is also a food that can help your GI tract. Three cups of popcorn contain as many as 2 grams of dietary fiber, which is about 8% of what a woman needs daily and 5.2% of what is recommended for men. Fiber-rich foods help to protect the body from heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and obesity.

Popcorn may not be your first choice when you have a snack craving, but you may want to check it out. Loaded with everything you need without the things you don’t, it can help you maintain your weight, keep your intestinal tract running smoothly, and supply your body with the antioxidants it needs to keep you healthy for the long-term. If you choose the air-popped variety, popcorn packs quite an amazing dietary wealth of nutrition.

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