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Popcorn 'the perfect snack' say scientists | Health | The Earth Times via @earthtimes

Popcorn 'the perfect snack' say scientists | Health | The Earth Times via @earthtimes

Popcorn Image via Shutterstock Scientists say popcorn may be the perfect snack. High-fibre popcorn contains a higher level of antioxidants than fruit and vegetables, the American Chemical Society (ACS) has been told. The antidoxants are called polyphenols, a large family of natural compounds widely distributed in plant foods that may provide various health benefits, some health experts believe. The polyphenols are stronger in popcorn, which contains around 4% water on average compared to 90% water that forms many fruit and vegetables, Dr Joe Vinson told the ACS national meeting in San Diego, USA. Popcorn hulls - the bits that can get stuck in your teeth - contain the highest levels of polyphenols and fibre - and are nutritional gold, says Dr Vinson, from the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania. He says, "Popcorn may be the perfect snack food. It's the only snack that i...

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