Popcorn a good substitution for fruits and vegetables?


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When I think of a healthy snack the first things that come to mind is fruits and vegetables. My roommate however, informed me that popcorn is also considered a healthy snack. I didn't believe her so I went on the Internet to research for myself. And here is what I found. 

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       A new study shows that popcorn can be in the same group with fruits and vegetables when it comes to nutrition. Like fruits and vegetables, popcorn contains polyphenols, which is healthy antioxidant compound.  "Joe Vinson, PhD, a leader in analyzing the healthy components of common foods, explained that popcorn only contains about four percent water while fruits and vegetables are 90 percent water. Because of this, the polyphenols in fruits and vegetables are diluted, while those in popcorn are concentrated." (theatlantic) The study found that popcorn contains up to 300 mg of polyphenols in a serving while fruits only contain 160 mg per serving.

            It all really depends on how you prepare the popcorn. Air- popped corn is the lowest in calories and fat, high in fiber, and contains no sugar or sodium. Popcorn that is cooked in oil or drowned in butter like movie theater popcorn is clearly not healthy for you. The nutrition in the popcorn comes from the null, which is where the majority of the polyphenols and the fiber are concentrated (the part that usually gets stuck in your teeth).

            The study also wants consumers to know that popcorn shouldn't diminish the role of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables still contain other important vitamins and minerals that are not found in popcorn.

 

            How often do you eat popcorn? Do you find popcorn has a substitution for fruit and vegetables reliable?

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Besides the benefits that you already mentioned, popcorn can have even more benefits. According to nutritional information that I found, popcorn has more iron than codfish and beef and the same amount as eggs. It is also a fantastic source of phosphorus, calcium, and protein. Popcorn in its raw form is much healthier than the standard snack or candy and actually has a lot of other great benefits for the body. Because of the minerals that exist naturally in it, it is great for your teeth. I guess as you said, it all depends on how you prepare it. Soaking it in butter is probably not the best choice.
Here's a link to the nutritional information I mentioned: http://popcorn.co.za/benefits.html

I agree that popcorn is a healthy snack and has various benefits that you and Daniel mentioned. However, I am skeptical that popcorn can substitute fruits and vegetables. According to
Today, Regal theaters has 1,200 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat — three times your daily allotment. Chomping through an entire container (easy enough to do when you’re totally distracted by whatever’s on screen) is the caloric equivalent of eating three McDonald’s Quarter Pounders — before you factor in the extra fat and calories from the greasy, buttery topping they squirt on top. Microwave popcorn is convenient, but it has its drawbacks, even if you choose the light or low-fat varieties. Diacetyl and related compounds used in “artificial butter flavoring” can cause lung disease when inhaled in large quantities, such as by factory workers employed at microwave popcorn manufacturing plants. And most microwave bags are coated with PFCs (perfluorinated compounds), chemicals that have been shown to suppress immune function in children and cause cancer in animals. Fortunately, most manufacturers are working on phasing out use of this chemical. I realize that popcorn has a lot of benefits, more than your typical snack but it does not contain essential vitamins, phytochemicals and minerals that are found in fruits and vegetables. For these reasons, I don't think popcorn is a replacement for fruits and vegetables.

I agree that after reading this blog these facts show popcorn could be a good snack to have. I don't eat popcorn too often; however, I think people will take this the wrong way. People will think if popcorn is okay than they will drench it in butter which is clearly not okay. When you say air popped popcorn do you mean like microwaved popcorn? According to this article popcorn is a healthy snack. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=dailytip&dbid=76

I also want to know does popcorn provide healthy nutrients that fruit does? Does it give us certain things that fruit doesn't that may be useful to us too?

I was really excited when I saw the title of this article because I LOVE popcorn. Not only that, but at college, keeping fruits and veggies in my small fridge and having the resources to cut and eat them is sort of difficult while popping popcorn is easy and done in three minutes. I decided to do my own research and found an article on Self.com (http://www.self.com/health/blogs/healthyself/2012/03/is-popcorn-healthier-than-frui.html) that says that Dr. Joe Vinson at The University of Scranton stated that popcorn has a more concentrated amount of polyphenols than fruits and vegetables. Polyphenols are a very healthy antioxidant. Vinson also said that popcorn is the healthiest snack one can have because it is the only snack that is 100% unprocessed whole grain. But should you replace fruits and vegetables with popcorn? No! This article says something that makes sense. Popcorn and fruits and vegetables are not something that should be compared or replaced with one or the other. They are two different food groups that can both be healthy. And it also depends on the type of popcorn you buy! But either way they are not replaceable of each other.

I was very surprised to see that it is considered somewhat of a healthy snack. I had no idea that it is considered one at all. So thank you for posting this because my mom did send me a pack in a care package and I try to eat it in a smart way because I thought it was unhealthy. After reading this post I do see that it really depends on how you prepare the popcorn, as you said. The World's Healthiest Foods did an article on this and they too said that air-popping the popcorn is the healthiest. Although I know it is not the healthiest snack, I am not the biggest fan of fruits and vegetables so I will consider it when I need something to hold me over. Thanks again! http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=dailytip&dbid=76

I agree that popcorn is a healthy snack and has various benefits that you and Daniel mentioned. However, I am skeptical that popcorn can substitute fruits and vegetables. To support my skepticism I looked up the negatives of popcorn. According to Today, Regal theaters has 1,200 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat — three times what our daily portion should be. Chomping through an entire container (easy enough to do when you’re totally distracted by whatever’s on screen) is the caloric equivalent of eating three McDonald’s Quarter Pounders — before you factor in the extra fat and calories from the greasy, buttery topping they squirt on top. Even more disturbing is that though microwave popcorn is convenient, it has its drawbacks, even if we choose to go for the light or low-fat varieties. Diacetyl and related compounds used in “artificial butter flavoring” can cause lung disease when inhaled in large quantities, such as by factory workers employed at microwave popcorn manufacturing plants. And most microwave bags are coated with PFCs (perfluorinated compounds), chemicals that have been shown to suppress immune function in children and cause cancer in animals. Fortunately, most manufacturers are working on phasing out use of this chemical. I realize that popcorn has a lot of benefits, more than your typical snack but on top of the drawbacks I mentioned, it does not contain essential vitamins, phytochemicals and minerals that are found in fruits and vegetables. For these reasons, I don't think popcorn is a valid replacement for fruits and vegetables.

I love popcorn, so I am really happy to hear that it's healthy! I can't imagine that it is healthier than fruits and vegetables though? Unfortunately, there are some negative effects that popcorn can have. Apparently, popcorn can be bad for the colon and worsen intestinal problems. About 47% of colorectal surgeons tell their patients with intestinal problems to completely stop eating popcorn. There is a theory that popcorn can form in clusters or pouches in that colon wall. As everyone has said, movie theater popcorn is also a big problem. It's very fattening and contributes to obesity. The Center for Science in the Public Interest says that a medium popcorn and soda at the movies has the same nutrition as a 3/4 pounder hamburger, and 12 pats of butter. So... popcorn is not as healthy as people are saying! Unless you don't eat too much of it and eat it with no toppings!

Seeing this blog post made my day!!! Popcorn is my favorite food, seriously. Not to sound crazy, but I usually have a bag a day if possible. I think, in recent years, there has been a huge push to have healthier popcorn options. Some brands are trying harder and harder to push a healthier kind of popcorn, with light better, added nutrients, etc. I've also always heard the age old debate between microwave popcorn and airpopped popcorn. I've never really considered it until now. I found an article which discussed reasons between health reasons for which kind of popcorn to use. The article states that buying airpopped popcorn is easier money wise and health wise, but microwave popcorn is faster, cleaner, and thorough in distribution of butter and salt, which for me is super important. I have had airpopped popcorn before, and it was okay, but the flavor did not compare to microwave popcorn. I think it depends on your preference.

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