FORGET YOUR FIVE-A-DAY:
POPCORN HAS ‘MORE ANTIOXIDANTS THAN FRUIT AND VEGETABLES’
By SUZANNAH HILLS PUBLISHED: 26 March 2012
As well as being a great diet food, popcorn also contains a high level of antioxidants, which help fight harmful molecules.
Popcorn has already been hailed as a great diet food for its low calorie content but now a group of scientists claim it to even top fruits and vegetables in antioxidant levels.
Antioxidants – known as polyphenols – have huge health benefits as they help fight harmful molecules that damage cells.
Popcorn was found to have a high level of concentrated antioxidants because it is made up of just four percent water while they are more diluted in fruits and vegetables because they are made up of up to 90 percent water.
Researchers discovered one serving of popcorn has up to 300mg of antioxidants nearly double the 160mg for all fruits per serving.
They also found that the crunchy hulls of the popcorn have the highest concentration of antioxidants and fibre.
The scientists from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania unveiled their discovery at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego.
Researcher Joe Vinson said: ’Those hulls deserve more respect. They are nutritional gold nuggets.’