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Popcorn Hopping With Antioxidants

The list of super foods just got a little snackier: popcorn is loaded with antioxidants. We have known for a while now that blueberries and broccoli contain high amounts of disease-fighting micronutrients, but whole grains are also high in polyphenols that can help in the nutrition fight against cancer and heart disease. Even whole grain foods like cracker and cereals — especially those with added cinnamon and cocoa, which are both known for their beneficial antioxidant content — are high in polyphenols. The key word here is "whole grain."

Surprisingly, popcorn ranked highest in antioxidant content among snack foods. It can be considered a healthy snack if it's not coated with butter. It's still important to eat your veggies, since they're loaded with other nutrients as well. Go for a well-balanced diet and keep your carbs whole grain.

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fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
Yum. I have been craving popcorn lately (the light airy, stuff, not the movie theater trash) and I will have to go pick me up a bag of Newman's Own tomorrow! Spectra, I too, love that sprinkle cheese stuff! ;)
wolfjinx25 wolfjinx25 8 years
Awesome!!! I love popcorn! I don't care for the butter.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I love popcorn. I eat it as a snack almost every day! I don't use butter on it though...I'm a big fan of Kernel Seasonings sprinkle cheese. I'll air pop some and sprinkle it with the white cheddar sprinkles and it's super yummy.
TammyO TammyO 8 years
Wow I'm stuffing my face with popcorn right now! What a coincidence!
EcoGirl EcoGirl 8 years
wish they had air popcorn @ the movies
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