Are you among those, who curb their craving for popcorn, thinking they are high in calories? Then, here are many reasons for you to sit with a big tub of yummy popcorn without any guilt. Recently, it has been found that popcorn is good for you. Great news, isn’t it? According to the latest research, more antioxidants are found in a single serving of popcorn than fruits and vegetables considering only the plain popcorn. There are only 31 calories in a cup of plain pop which is way less than a cup of regular potato chips that have around 140 calories. Delicious popcorn also has the benefits of fiber and is 100% whole grain.
Let’s discuss’the top 10 health benefits of popcorn:
1. Packed with protein:
If compared to potato chips, popcorn contain more phosphorous and protein. Similarly, if the comparison is made with eggs and spinach, surprisingly, it has more iron in it too. Grab a cup of popcorn and without any worries, enjoy the delicious snack!
2. Helps in Weight Loss:
It surely tops the list of weight watchers. It’s fat-free, sugar free and contains low calories. Calories in popcorn are around 5 times less than the normal potato chips. Also, high fiber content in popcorn makes you feel full and curbs your hunger by prohibiting the release of ghrelin (Hunger hormone). Thus, preventing you from over-eating and keeps that bulging belly tight and thin. Popcorn also contain low saturated fats. It has also been found that natural oils of popcorn are basically essential and healthy for the body.
3. Only snack that is 100% whole grain
It is a very good source of dietary fiber as it is a whole grain snack. To be more precise, 1.3 grams of fiber are found in 1 cup of pop. Whole grains have phenolic acid which is easier for the body to absorb.
4. One is never enough
You cannot resist munching this delicious snack, once you have tasted one. It is a highly versatile snack. You can enjoy it plain, spicy or after caramelizing. All the versions are a treat to the palate, for sure!
To remind you again, popcorn is a whole grain snack that contains bran, endosperm and the germ. These are also the vital constituents of rice, breads and whole grain cereals. Thus, it consists of fiber from bran, complex vitamins, vitamin E and important minerals. If I talk purely about digestion, high fiber content regularizes bowel movements of the body. It also helps in avoiding constipation. To ease the intestinal muscles and for the secretion of digestive juices, fiber is required by our body. What better way of getting fiber! Munch your favorite snack and keep your overall digestive system healthy.
6. Cholesterol Levels
Fiber is beneficial to the body in many ways. Whole grains contain the kind of fiber which has the ability to scrap off the extra cholesterol from walls of arteries and blood vessels. This reduces the chances of getting high cholesterol in your body and you have lower chances to fall prey to serious cardiovascular conditions like heart attacks, atherosclerosis and strokes. And do I need to mention again, that popcorn is completely a whole grain snack! Now, you know how to control your cholesterol levels in the simplest way.
7. Blood Sugar
Another advantage of fiber to the body is the regularization of blood sugar. When the body has a good amount of fiber, it is easier for it to regulate the management and release of insulin and blood sugar. This is a major boon for diabetic patients, so popcorns are always recommended to people who suffer from such a serious problem.
8. Prevention of Cancer
It has been rather shocking to find out in recent researches that popcorns contain large amount of antioxidants. To be more precise, they constitute large quantity of polyphenolic compounds which is one of the most powerful antioxidants that can be put in the body. Popcorn contain more number of antioxidants than fruits and vegetables.
Antioxidants are required by the body to eliminate free radicals, which are a cause of multiple problems in our body, particularly the deadly cancer. Free radicals change healthy cellular DNA into evil cells of cancer, which we all know is a serious and life threatening disease. But the consumption of popcorn helps to fight against all these risks and hazards!
9. Helps in fighting against anti-aging problems:
Free radicals are not responsible for the cancer. They cause a lot more harm to the daily routine of people. They are closely related to symptoms like age spots, blindness, muscular degeneration, cognitive decline, dementia, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, wrinkles, hair loss, to name just a few of them. You are certainly not looking out for such things as you age. Popcorn keeps you elated and healthy even in your old age, all thanks to the anti-oxidants it contains.
It is completely gluten-free. Instead of breadcrumbs, it can be coated with fish and chicken for that crispy crunch that you have always wanted. But for this, you have to finely grind the popcorn. It can also be seasoned like croutons and used as a topping on salads.
I’m sure no longer would you feel guilty after munching away a cup of popcorn all alone!