Who has not ever been to the movies, to enjoy his favorite movie, and has ordered some delicious popcorn? The truth is we are before the product par excellence in many movie theaters , the favorite of many moviegoers and of all those who watch a movie. Obviously, they can also be enjoyed at home when we sit down comfortably to watch our favorite movie. However, did you know that in reality it is a food very rich in benefits and properties .
This was confirmed a few years ago by the American Chemical Society, who published a scientific report in which they analyzed and discovered the different nutritional benefits provided by popcorn . But beware, since as many nutritionists say, It is not the same to opt for natural grain popcorn than to opt for commercial microwave popcorn (or even those that we ask in cinemas), since in these last two cases their content in saturated fats converts them in the opposite: in an unhealthy food and not at all advisable.
Help reduce cholesterol and triglycerides
Popcorn is very rich in fiber, which is useful in helping us reduce high levels of both cholesterol and triglycerides , since it helps eliminate excess fat present in our blood vessels and arteries.
A regular consumption of popcorn without added salt, and of grain to the natural, is useful for take care of our cardiovascular system , by reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Good for diabetics
Although you probably do not know, popcorn is an excellent food for people with diabetes , as for their fiber content they help when regulating the passage of glucose to the blood , not being so fast.
On the other hand also helps to improve insulin levels , compared to those people who do not follow a diet rich in fiber.
Prevents the appearance of cancer
Popcorn is very rich in antioxidants , highlighting above all the presence of polyphenols , which help reduce the negative effects of free radicals.
Some scientific studies have found that a regular consumption of popcorn is an excellent cancer preventative , since polyphenols help reduce the presence and action of free radicals, and decreases the risk of suffering from serious diseases such as cancer.
Believe it or not, they help you lose weight
In this sense we can not say that the consumption of popcorn burns fat, but that helps reduce weight thanks to its fiber content and inhibit the release of hunger hormone (ghrelin). That is, it is a delicious food that it brings satiety .
To this quality we must add its low content in both fat and calories. In fact, a bowl or cup of popcorn provides only 45 calories. Therefore, we have an extremely healthy snack, which can become the perfect substitute for chips of package.
Recipe to make some healthy popcorn
To make some healthy popcorn , with no more fats than the healthy ones provided by olive or sunflower oil, you only need: a handful of corn grains (for example, 60 grams of raw corn) and 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive or sunflower oil.
Cover the bottom of the pan with the oil of your choice and heat the fire until it is hot. Add the grains of corn without clumping and cover, leaving a small hole so that the steam can come out. Just when the first popcorn begins to sprout, reduce the temperature to medium level. Now wait for them to stop listening, which will indicate that they will all be ready. Finally extinguish the fire, uncover and serve.
If you want you can season to taste, for example adding a little salt.
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