Popcorn has 'more antioxidants than fruit and vegetables'

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    Mar 28, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2120346/Forget-day-Popcorn-antioxidants-fruit-vegetables.html

    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 fiber.

    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.'
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    Mar 28, 2012 2:30 AM GMT
    Ummm cool, guess I don't have to feel guilty after eating a large bag of popcorn at the movies.....now if they could only lower the ridiculous prices on them.
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    Mar 28, 2012 2:33 AM GMT
    I had heard that popcorn was actually pretty healthy, I knew it was a whole grain and high in fiber. But this is cool. I ate an entire bag this afternoon. Now, if you can get people to stop putting mounds of butter on it...or is that too much to ask?
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    Mar 28, 2012 2:41 AM GMT
    makes me fart
  • LJay

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    Mar 28, 2012 4:23 AM GMT
    Trouble is that the antioxidants being in the hulls, they may not be freed during digestion. Popcorn is still good stuff, though.

    If you haven't tried it, get some plain cheap popcorn and put about 1/3 cup in a paper lunch bag, fold over the top in about 1/2 folds several times and microwave on high until it pops about every two or three seconds.

    Then you can dump it in a bowl and season as you wish.

    MUCH cheaper than microwave bags and without all the stuff they put in it.
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Mar 28, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    I love it. Can eat bags every day
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    Mar 28, 2012 5:48 AM GMT
    I'd bet that polyphenols in fruits and wet vegetables are a lot more bioavailable than those in dried corn hulls. It doesn't matter whether they are more concentrated if you just crap them out.

    Anyway, I'm munching on red wine, dark chocolate, and dried pomegranate pips right now. Bitches.
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    Mar 28, 2012 6:52 AM GMT
    Hot air poppers make the best popcorn of all, I've found; better than microwaved.
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    Mar 28, 2012 6:56 AM GMT
    Still won't convince me to eat popcorn icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 28, 2012 7:04 AM GMT
    Yet they fail to mention the fact that a potentially carcinogenic chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), lines microwave popcorn bags, and when they are heated, the compound leaches onto the food.

    Studies have linked PFOA's to a range of health problems, including thyroid disease, infertility in women, and developmental and reproductive problems in lab animals.

    Also, not to mention that most corn in the U.S. is genetically modified... that's another story.

    Admittedly, popcorn does taste good. I buy organic kernels and air pop them myself. Add a little grass-fed butter or EVOO, and sprinkle with a bit of sea salt. MMM!
  • Joeyphx444

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    Mar 28, 2012 7:07 AM GMT
    This is how stupid are
    They read this and think they can scarf down any type of popcorn
    The movie popcorn and most microwave popcorn is HORRIBLE for you
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    Mar 28, 2012 9:04 AM GMT
    It's studies like this (and the headlines they generate) that confuse people about what a healthy, well-balanced diet looks like. Nutrition is not about eating one thing or another, but rather the whole matrix of foods that you eat on a daily basis. All studies like this should be viewed skeptically as a result.

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    Mar 28, 2012 9:22 AM GMT
    guys! movie popcorn is still extremely unhealthy for you. all that fat from the oil is not worth it.

    I have an magical device that lets me pop just straight up popcorn kernels in the microwave. after it's popped I add a bit of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and a little bit of Parmesan cheese. so good, and so much better for you than microwavable bags of it.

    But like others have said... yeah, I can't imagine how a mostly corn hulls being full of antioxidants is going to help you much when it ends up being mostly undigested.

    Seems like that being the case, all the carbs can't justify the benefit.
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    Mar 28, 2012 10:15 AM GMT
    Daily Mail? LOL!

    Any right wing rag with a reputation for shoddy reporting, particularly when it comes to science, isn't for me. Not that the Mail could rewrite science around a study on the health benefits of popcorn, but I'd rather not go there. I read the San Fran Chron and USA Today's stories on the topic.

    Air pop your popcorn and don't put a lot of butter on the stuff.
  • vbbri

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    Mar 28, 2012 10:48 AM GMT
    This is misleading science, it is research done in a test tube on a bench top that does not correlate to what is actually taking place in the body. The term antioxidant is a marketing term with no direct basis on health. Currently, only vitamin C, A, E and selenium have been show to act as antioxidants in the body.
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    Mar 28, 2012 11:09 AM GMT
    Wish there were a NO SALT version!icon_idea.gif
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    Mar 28, 2012 12:43 PM GMT
    MarriedAdam saidWish there were a NO SALT version!icon_idea.gif


    There is. Air pop it yourself and don't add salt. icon_razz.gif
  • muscletruk

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    Mar 28, 2012 12:50 PM GMT
    I made a microwave popper out of one of those disposable glad containers. just poke 3-4 holes in the top and throw in a hand full of cheap corn. Be careful not to over cook it. It really sucks when the old maids melt the container. (YUCK)
    I find it to be crispier then the hot air popped
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    Mar 28, 2012 1:12 PM GMT
    Tenebrism saidIt's studies like this (and the headlines they generate) that confuse people about what a healthy, well-balanced diet looks like. Nutrition is not about eating one thing or another, but rather the whole matrix of foods that you eat on a daily basis. All studies like this should be viewed skeptically as a result.




    Although you are correct I believe this article is about popcorn health benefits not about general nutrition advice.
  • calibro

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    Mar 28, 2012 2:21 PM GMT
    air-popped plain pop corn is a great snack and is quite low calorie. i'm glad more benefits are being discovered. i like to eat mine with tapatio or garlic
  • ATXnative

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    Mar 28, 2012 2:23 PM GMT
    heck yes.
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    Mar 28, 2012 7:40 PM GMT
    Some of you remind me of arrogant vegans.

    Everybody has a choice on what goes into their bodies.

    Stating your opinion in such a haughty way when everyone knows popcorn isn't as healthy as other natural foods seems pointless to me.

    So much anger..
  • A_1991

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    Mar 28, 2012 7:54 PM GMT
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    yum!
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    Mar 28, 2012 7:56 PM GMT
    I prefer kettle, cheddar and extra butter!
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    Mar 28, 2012 8:14 PM GMT
    Hlune saidStill won't convince me to eat popcorn icon_razz.gif


    icon_eek.gif that is like people who don't eat chocolate!