Popcorn as a Healthy Snack

Popcorn contains a rich amount of vitamins, minerals, manganese, magnesium polyphenol antioxidants, and nutrients, making it a healthy snack. It mainly includes three ingredients endosperm, germ, and pericarp (also known as a hull or bran). Snack Pop Popcorn is a low-calorie snack that is beneficial for health and is considered as a food that you can have even if you are on a diet. Furthermore, air-popped popcorn is a healthy snack with high fiber whole grains and these works great to lower down the risk of heart disease, diabetics, cancers, and other health problems. Popcorn is a variety of kernels that pop up when exposed to heat and become light and fluffy. It contains polyphenol antioxidants that have the features of protecting our cells from getting damaged by free radicals. Polyphenol has many health benefits as it helps in better blood circulation, improves the digestion system, and reduces the risk of cancer.

Other vitamins and minerals which are found in popcorn are as-

  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorous
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B6, A, E and K
  • Folate
  • Niacin
  • Riboflavin

Benefits of Popcorns:

Popcorn snack mix is the world’s healthiest and most popular snacks which have many health benefits, and some of them are –

  • Popcorn makes digestion suitable, lowers the level of cholesterol, and helps to control blood sugar.
  • Because of its high fiber content, it promotes healthy gut bacteria, which helps to a healthy immune system.
  • Popcorn contains vitamin B, vitamin B3, and B6, which are essential in metabolism and provides energy; vitamin B also helps to ease depression naturally.
  • It contains Phosphorous, a mineral, and manganese, which supports a healthy bone system.
  • Popcorn contains dietary fiber that impacts on blood sugar level. When the body has a sufficient amount of fiber, it regulates the release and manages the blood sugar and insulin levels better than the people with low fiber levels. hence people with diabetes recommended for it.
  • Popcorn also helps treat cancer because it includes ferulic acid, which can kill certain kinds of tumors.
  • Popcorn provides body enough iron, which keeps away the problem of anemia.
  • It also contains beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which improve the health of your eyes.

Recipe for Air-popped-popcorn:

The simplest and easiest way to make healthy snack-size popcorn is by heating the popcorn kernels in the hot air until they expose completely and are ready to eat –

  • To make fresh popcorn by yourself, you need a pan with lid, 60gm popcorn kernels, and ¼ to ½ tablespoon of salt.
  • First of all, preheat the pan on medium heat then add a few drops of water to ensure whether it is hot or not.
  • Add the popcorn kernels in it and shake the container gently after 2 seconds until the kernels start popping, it will take 1-2 minutes and keep shaking until it starts popping between 3 seconds.
  • Now remove the pan from heat, place the popcorn in a bowl sprinkle the salt, and serve it.

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