Popcorn, the most popular of snacks, turned up on the first place in the content of polyphenols. A recent research revealed that the amount of polyphenols found in popcorn comes to around 0.6 lbs per portion, compared with 0.32 found in fruits.
Popcorn is the only snack consisting of 100% raw whole cereal. All other cereals are processed together with additional ingredients, and even if they are called “whole cereals,” it just means that there is merely more than 51% whole grain of the total weight of the product. One portion of popcorn can furnish almost 70% of the daily intake of whole grain. On average an individual gets only half a portion of whole grain a day, and popcorn is the snack that can fill the shortage.
Besides, scientists discovered that popcorn skin, the part that everyone hates because it often gets stuck in the teeth, boasts the highest concentration of polyphenol and fiber. Therefore this part of the maize grain deserves the most credit. It is so wholesome that eating it equals to feeding on gold nuggets.
The thing is the dietitians urge to eat popcorn made at home without oil – popcorn sold in public places can hardly be regarded as healthy owing to a large quantity of oil of uncertain quality used in making it.