Popcorn makes a healthy addition to your diet – it is a convenient snack full of fiber and antioxidants. Air-popped popcorn contains only 30 calories per cup and one serving contains plenty of polyphenols. 

One of the benefits of polyphenols is that they block the enzymes cancer needs to grow. As they also prevent plaque buildup and inflammation, they may also play a role in preventing cardiovascular disease. Here are some other reasons to add popcorn to your diet. 

1. Popcorn is high in fiber 

One of the main benefits of eating popcorn is that you get more fiber in your diet without even knowing it. Dietary fiber plays an important role in the diet and many people do not get enough of it. 

The USDA states that a single serving of popcorn contains about 70% of the recommended daily intake of whole grain. The high fiber content may help to promote healthy bacteria in the gut – which are not only helpful for digestion but for a healthy immune system. 

Popcorn helps to keep your digestive system functioning properly. As it stays in your stomach longer than other foods, you feel full for longer so you’re likely to eat less. It also has heart-health benefits as it reduces inflammation and blood pressure. 

2. Popcorn has endless options for toppings

If you only eat popcorn with butter and salt, you’re missing out on many flavorful toppings that can transform it into an even more delicious treat. You can go spicy with wasabi, give it Italian flair with parmesan or turn it into a sweet treat with caramel. 

Proper Popcorn in Knoxville, Tennessee, has over 50 gourmet popcorn flavors, including Garlic and Parmesan, Sour Cream and Chive, Cajun and Wasabi. Adam Johnson, Manager and Head Chef, says, “You can choose from six different sized bags of our craft popcorn or go for a classic tin containing two to three flavors.” 

Some of the sweet flavors include cherry, banana, orange and green apple. Arrange to pick your order up in-store or get it delivered to your doorstep. 

3. Popcorn contains more iron than spinach

According to the USDA, one cup of raw spinach contains 0.8mg of iron, whereas one ounce of popcorn contains 0.9mg of iron. It may only just pip spinach to the post but it is certainly a delicious way to add iron to a diet, especially if you don’t like spinach. 

Men need 8mg of iron in their diet a day and adult women need 18mg a day. Many women are deficient in iron so it’s important for them to get more iron in whatever way they can. 

4. Popcorn can regulate your blood sugar levels 

The glycemic index of food indicates how much your blood sugar will rise after you eat it. Air-popped popcorn has a glycemic index of 55, which makes it is a low-GI food. Many other snacks have higher scores. 

Foods with a lower score are more slowly absorbed which helps with the regulation of blood sugar levels. You can avoid the insulin spikes that leave you feeling drained and craving unhealthy foods. Slow absorption delays sensations of hunger which can help in weight loss efforts. 

5. Popcorn may boost your eyesight

Popcorn contains beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, and lutein, all of which are known to improve eye health. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should consume bowls and bowls of popcorn in an effort to achieve 20/20 vision. 

Eating it in moderation is important, just as with any other food. However, include it in a moderate way in your diet, and your eye health will benefit.