Who does not like to enjoy some popcorn when watching a movie? Cooked without butter or too much salt are a much more beneficial food than you think. We invite you to discover popcorn properties in the following article.
Nutritional properties of popcorn
- They are a food rich in vitamin E.
- They provide a high amount of fiber (10g per 100 grams).
- It contains minerals (iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium and phosphorus) and vitamins A, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, C, D and K.
Benefits of eating popcorn
This was confirmed a few years ago by the American Chemical Society, who published a scientific report analyzing and discovering the different nutritional benefits of popcorn. But beware, since as many nutritionists say, it is not the same to opt for popcorn of natural grain that we opt for commercial microwave popcorn (or even for those that we ask in cinemas), since in the last two cases, their content in saturated fats converts them in the opposite: in an unhealthy food and not at all advisable. The most significant benefits are the following:
Help reduce cholesterol and triglycerides
Popcorn is very rich in fiber, which is useful in helping to reduce high levels of both cholesterol and triglycerides, as it helps eliminate excess fat present in our blood vessels and arteries.
Regular consumption of added unsalted popcorn, and from grain to natural, is useful to take care of our cardiovascular system when reducing the risk of suffering cardiovascular diseases.
Good for diabetics
Although you probably do not know, popcorn is an excellent food for people with diabetes, because its fiber content helps regulate the passage of glucose to the blood, not being so fast. On the other hand, it also helps to improve insulin levels, compared to those who do not follow a diet rich in fiber.
Prevents the appearance of cancer
Popcorn is very rich in antioxidants, especially the presence of polyphenols, which help reduce the negative effects of free radicals. Some scientific studies have found that a regular consumption of popcorn is an excellent preventive of cancer, as polyphenols help reduce the presence and action of free radicals, and decreases the risk of suffering from serious diseases such as cancer.
Believe it or not, they help you to lose weight
In this sense, we can not say that the consumption of popcorn burns fat, but helps to reduce weight thanks to its fiber content and inhibit the release of the hunger hormone (ghrelin). That is, it is delicious food that provides satiety.
To this quality, we must add its low content in both fat and calories. In fact, a bowl or cup of popcorn provides only 45 calories. Therefore, we have an extremely healthy snack, which can become the perfect substitute for package chips.
They are anti-aging
The same antioxidants that keep us young inside also do it outside. That’s why popcorn can help curb the appearance of age marks, such as wrinkles, skin spots or hair loss, among others. Of course, there is nothing miraculous; consume them will be an addition to take care of our body.
Recipe for making healthy popcorn
To make healthy popcorn, with no more fats than the healthy ones provided by olive or sunflower oil, you only need: one handful corn grains (for example, 60 grams of raw corn) and 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive or sunflower oil.
Cover the bottom of the pan with the oil of your choice and heat the fire until it is hot. Add the corn kernels without clumping and cover, leaving a small hole for the steam to escape. Just when the first popcorn begins to sprout, reduce the temperature to medium level. Now, wait for them to stop listening, which will indicate that all will be ready. Finally turn off the fire, uncover and serve.
If you want you can season to taste, for example adding a little salt.