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Popcorn may be the perfect snack food, say researchers | Care2 Healthy Living

Popcorn may be the perfect snack food, say researchers | Care2 Healthy Living

Popcorn just got a boost to its already good reputation as a healthy snack food and is higher in antioxidants than fruits and vegetables, say scientists. The researchers report that popcorn contains more of the healthful antioxidant substances called “polyphenols” than fruits and vegetables. The report was given at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Joe Vinson, Ph.D., explained that the polyphenols are more concentrated in popcorn, which averages only about four percent water, while polyphenols are diluted in the 90 percent water that makes up many fruits and vegetables. The researchers also learned that the hulls of the popcorn –– you know, the part that gets stuck in your teeth –– actually has the highest concentration of polyphenols and fiber. “Those hulls deserve more respect. They are nutritional gold nuggets,” said Vinson,...

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