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Popcorn Has Been Hiding Something

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A preliminary study on popcorn by University of Scranton (Pennsylvania) chemistry professor Joe Vinson, PhD, reported that this classic snacking grain packs a potent secret inside its shiny, protective kernel.

His findings, presented at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), show that popcorn holds a more concentrated dose of healthy antioxidant polyphenols than many fruits, vegetables and nuts. A separate finding showed that the popcorn hulls actually contain the highest concentration of polyphenols and fiber.

But don’t trade your five-a-day for popcorn just yet—fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals you can’t get from the corn. Also, note that adding butter and salt can be counterproductive to the anti-inflammatory properties of popcorn. Keep it plain and simple.

This study still needs to undergo the rigors of peer review.

Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster is the editor in chief of IDEA’s award-winning publications. She is Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified and is a Rouxbe Certified Plant-Based Professional cook.

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