For those parents that feel guilty about letting their little ones stuff their faces with popcorn-fear no more. A new study done at the University of Scranton has determined that popcorn is nowhere near being classified as a junk food. In fact, according to the study, popcorn was found to have two times higher levels of healthy antioxidants, than fruits and vegetables. It doesn’t stop there. Those pesky little husks, the part of the popcorn that fits itself between the crevices of our teeth and drives us mad, contain dramatically high concentrations of antioxidants and fiber. Antioxidants are capable of reversing the damage that can result by unstable molecules referred to as, “free radicals.”
One of the study’s authors describes popcorn as, “A wonderful high-fiber snack,” but cautions all those butter lovers to use butter sparingly, as not to ruin its healthy image. In reference to that, the authors suggests using air popped popcorn as opposed to pre-packaged popcorn, as it has the lowest number of calories and avoids a pot-full of butter, salt, and oil. All this is not to discredit fruits and vegetables. These healthy foods should find their way in your child’s diet daily. Popcorn is merely an alternative snack parents can feed their picky little eaters, perhaps when stubbornness ensues. My suggestion for parents: invest in an air popper and enjoy endless nights of healthy popcorn and fun with your kids. Air poppers are simple and easy, just plug it in and watch it pop. You will become an instant hero to your children. Hot air poppers are relatively inexpensive and can prove to be a fascinating way to keep kids involved with nutrition while making a healthy, homemade snack!
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