POPCORN POWERS

FORGET YOUR FIVE-A-DAY:

POPCORN HAS ‘MORE ANTIOXIDANTS THAN FRUIT AND VEGETABLES’

As well as being a great diet food, popcorn also contains a high level of antioxidants, which help fight heart disease.

Popcorn has already been praised as a great diet food for its low-calorie content. Now a group of scientists claim it to even top fruits and vegetables in antioxidant levels.

Antioxidants protect your cells against free radicals. Free radicals may play a role in heart disease or even cancers.

It 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 has up to 300mg of antioxidants. This is nearly double the 160mg for all fruits per serving.

They also found that the crunchy hulls of 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.’