Why You Need Popcorn In Your Diet

Have you ever wondered if popcorn is really healthy? If so, there’s great news: yes it is. In fact, popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks you can have. It’s filled with fiber, has more antioxidants than some fruits and vegetables, and may even help fight cancer. There’s just one thing — you have to nail down the type of popcorn you’re munching on. If it’s air-popped — not the fatty, butter-drenched stuff you get at the movies — you’re on the right track. Air-popped popcorn only has 30 calories per cup, while movie theater popcorn racks up a whopping 1,200 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat. Popcorn is also loaded with polyphenols — compounds found in plants that act as antioxidants and reduce inflammation. One of the many powers of polyphenols is their ability to block enzymes that cancers need to grow, and in blocking them they regulate the spread of cancerous cells. Finally, a major bonus of popcorn is that it’s diabetic friendly. While popcorn does have carbohydrates, they don't have the same effect on blood sugar that refined sugar has.