We have good news for all parents who care about candies and the appetizers salty that your children like so much, and is that a very popular snack, popcorn, has antioxidant properties thanks to its content in polyphenols, far superior to that of numerous fruits and vegetables, as has been verified by a group of researchers from the University of Scranton of Pennsylvania, in the United States.
Specifically, in a portion of popcorn can be found up to 300 milligrams of polyphenols, almost double the 160 milligrams that there is in a serving of fruit. And is that popcorn have only 4% water, while fruits and vegetables are composed of 90% of the liquid element, in which these substances are diluted with antioxidant power.
In a portion of popcorn you can find up to 300 milligrams of polyphenols, almost twice those in a serving of fruit
The study's author, Joe Vinson, has explained that the peel - that which gets between the teeth or adheres to the gums when we enjoy a portion of popcorn - is, in fact, the greatest nutritional treasure, due to its high content of polyphenols and fiber. The scientist has warned, however, that the fat that is added to the popcorn to cook them - oil or butter - turns them into a very caloric food, especially those that are commercialized to prepare in microwaves, so it is best to prepare them in home, with little oil and little salt, and without adding sugar or butter.
In addition, despite their undoubted nutritional qualities, popcorn is not a substitute for the recommended servings of fruit and vegetables (minimum five daily), because these foods also provide vitamins and other nutritional elements essential in a balanced diet.