The Nutrition Low-Down on Popcorn

Popcorn has a reputation for being an indulgent midnight snack for movie-addicts and partiers popcorn is actually a fiber-rich, antioxidant-packed

Popcorn comes from corn. Heat up the kernels of corn, and thanks to their water content, the golden nuggets explode into the puffy, scrumptious snack.

Corn is considered a whole grain—and that's true even after it's been popped. And guess what? Whole grains are pretty healthy! Unlike refined grain snacks

Had the entire grain seed removed, whole grain snacks still contain seeds, which is where lots of vitamins and minerals are stored. This makes whole grain snacks

 whole grain consumption has been linked to a slew of health benefits, including reduced inflammation, decreased risk of heart disease and stroke

As a general rule, air-popped popcorn—which is made using just air and heat—is healthy. But, popcorn prepared with oils, fat-filled ingredients, and/or sugar

For instance, most microwavable popcorn is made with partially hydrogenated oils, which are full of trans read: bad-for-you fat. (For healthier picks

Movie theatre popcorn is loaded with salt, butter, and sugar, which turn the usually low-calorie, low-fat snack into a fatty calorie bomb

The main perk of popcorn is just how filling it can be. While most very low fat foods aren't super satiating, popcorn surprisingly is

That's because it contains 3.5-whopping-grams of insoluble fiber 14 percent of recommended daily fiber intake for women and 12 for men, which helps you feel full

One 2012 study published in the Nutrition Journal found that 15 calories of popcorn was just as satisfying as 150 calories of potato chips.

2019 study published in the journal Antioxidants showed that popcorn contains super high amounts of an antioxidant called polyphenol—even more than most fruits and veggies

Antioxidants' main claim to fame is that they help neutralize something in the body called "free radicals," which, in excess, speed up aging and the risk of disease

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