I was surprised to learn that popcorn can be really good for you or really bad; it depends on how it’s cooked and what’s added to it. Basic popcorn is an excellent source of fiber, which increases the feeling of being full and helps to steady blood sugar levels. It’s also roughage, which helps keep you regular. Additionally, popcorn:
- Has more iron than eggs, roast beef, codfish or milk.
- Has more antioxidants than some fruits and vegetables.
- Is a good source of calcium.
- Is high in vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin and niacin, as well as all of the B Complex vitamins.
- Is an additional source of protein.
Plain popcorn can be an important component to an exercise and nutrition plan as it aids in building muscle, is low in calories, lowers fat and cholesterol and can reduce your cravings for the unhealthy alternative of high-fat, high-calorie snacks. It can also accelerate a weight-loss plan (Turbocharge Your Weightloss).
To get the most benefit from popcorn, I suggest you prepare it yourself and stay away from the prepackaged microwave choices. The healthiest way to enjoy popcorn is to buy jars or bags of popping corn, line the bottom of a brown paper bag, one kernel deep, and put it in the microwave on high…….no oil. Since all microwaves are different and the size of the bag may differ, listen to the popping and when there is about 2 seconds between pops, take the bag out. Target also sells an oil-free microwave popper that is basically just a container and it seems to work really well. It may take a little experimenting with your particular microwave to get the timing right, but in the end, you’ll have a fantastic snack to incorporate into your fitness plan.
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