Most people eat popcorn when they take a trip to the movies, while others just use it to decorate their
tree for a holiday. After reading this article you might reconsider your usage of popcorn. It has several
health benefits that I think you should know about.
I am pretty sure you have heard of fiber, but did you know popcorn consist of insoluble fiber? This type
of fiber acts as a laxative which can help with constipation! That right, I said it! If you have problems
when you sit down for a number 2, then try getting it popping with popcorn. How does it work? Well
insoluble means that it does not dissolve in water. This allows the fiber to pass through the digestive
system barely untouched. In turn, this speeds the passage of other foods and waste through the system.
In addition, if you are calorie counting, then add popcorn to the list because it is a low calorie snack that
is safe to eat!
The body is under attack daily by free radicals that cause damage to cells, which can lead to health
problems such as cancer. If you get it popping with popcorn, your body will be provided with
antioxidants that help remove free radicals. Furthermore, popcorn can be looked at as a preventive
tactic towards cancer!
Watching what you eat can be tricky and hard, but with the right education it gets easier every day.
Knowing the difference between good and bad fats can really help your diet. Popcorn contains good
fats (Mono-unsaturated and Polyunsaturated), also called HDL cholesterol. These help lower the bad
fats (LDL cholesterol) by removing it from the cells in the arteries and transporting it back to the liver for
repackaging and removal from the body. If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, try getting
it popping with popcorn!
-Paris Von, MHA