Friday, May 11, 2012

Popcorn Vs Broccoli

by Kris Pitcher

Popcorn goes head to head with broccoli when it comes to a fiber packing punch. But that's not all popcorn has going for it. The problem is, we completely wreck it.

Popcorn also contains polyphenols which have an antioxidant effect. There is a catch though...air popped is the only way to go. Sorry movie goers, no $12 large popcorn at the show.

In 5 cups of air popped corn you will get 155 calories; 5 gm protein; 5 gm fiber; 30 gm of carbs and a belly full of crunch. You're also getting B vitamins, E, K & vitamin A, as well as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, iron, calcium, potassium & copper.

As far as a healthy snack goes popcorn is a great choice if you prepare it right. And really, couldn't you feel satisfied with 2.5 cups? That's a pretty big bowl.

The next time you want to enjoy a crunchy snack think about popcorn - the healthy way. Don't smother it with stuff, or spray a bunch of fake butter on it...all that ruins the benefit. Enjoy the slightly sweet taste of the actual corn.

You'll get a great dose of fiber as well as vitamins and minerals as you fill your crunch where is that air popper?

1 comment:

  1. I love popcorn. :) I totally bought some stove-top all-natural jiffy pop last night. Woot!