Popcorn As Healthy As Fruits, Vegetables

March 26, 2012 by staff 

Popcorn As Healthy As Fruits, Vegetables, Want a healthy snack? Consider passing the popcorn. A new study says the whole-grain treat contains more of the “good for you” antioxidants called polyphenols than some fruits or vegetables.

The amount of polyphenols in popcorn was up to 300 milligrams (mg) per serving compared with 114 mg per serving of sweet corn and 160 mg per serving for all fruits, according to study findings to be presented Sunday at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego.

This is because polyphenols are diluted in the 90 percent water that makes up many fruits and vegetables, whereas they are more concentrated in popcorn, which averages only about 4 percent water, the study authors said.

In the average U.S. diet, fruits provide 255 mg of polyphenols per day and vegetables provide 218 mg per day. One serving of popcorn would provide 13 percent of the average daily intake of polyphenols per person in the United States, the Pennsylvania researchers said in a society news release.

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