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lord of the snacks: popcorn rules over all

Good news for the summer movie crowd: Popcorn actually contains more polyphenols— powerful antioxidants—than many fruits and vegetables.

A new study performed at the University of Scranton found that popcorn contains about 300 milligrams of polyphenols per serving, as opposed to the 160mg found in a serving of any kind of fruit.

You’ll also take in one gram of fiber for every cup of air-popped popcorn, which packs only six grams of carbs.

Most varieties of microwave, movie-theater, and kettle popcorn cancel out these health benefits with ungodly amounts of added fat, sodium, and sugar, so prepare your own. If you don’t have an air popper, cook it in a pot with a light amount of vegetable oil.

Kernels of Truth

Air-popped popcorn contains 31 calories per cup. Oil-popped popcorn contains 55.

360°F: the average temperature needed for popcorn to start popping

All popcorn is whole grain, a source of complex carbs.

Unpopped kernels are called “old maids.”


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