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Why eating popcorn is good for your health
Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 19, 2009

Posted on 08/20/2009 9:52:21 AM PDT by Schnucki

Popcorn could help prevent cancer, research suggests.

Scientists discovered the snack food contains 'surprisingly large' levels of health-boosting antioxidants called polyphenols.

Polyphenols in fruit and vegetables are thought to help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

The U.S. study was led by the chemist Dr Vinson from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. It is the first to establish that snack foods and some wholegrain breakfast cereals are a good source of polyphenols.

He said: 'We really were surprised by the levels of polyphenols we found in popcorn. I guess its because it's not processed. You get all the wonderful ingredients of the corn undiluted and protected by the skin. In my opinion it's a good health food.'

The study measured polyphenol concentration in breakfast cereals and snacks, showing there are more antioxidants in less processed wholegrain cereals, while popcorn has the most among the snack foods tested.

Hot breakfast foods such as porridge oats had disappointingly low levels of polyphenols, said Dr Vinson.

The research supports the idea that is the polyphenols in whole grains, rather than their fibre content, that makes them healthy.

Dr Vinson, who presented his findings to the American Chemical Society in Washington last night, added: 'Wholegrain products have comparable antioxidants per gram to fruits and vegetables.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: cancer; popcorn
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1 posted on 08/20/2009 9:52:21 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

Popcorn makes me choke.


2 posted on 08/20/2009 9:53:10 AM PDT by angcat (GOOD LORD PLEASE HELP THE USA!)
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To: Schnucki

Freepers are a popcorn eating bunch when the Dems implode.... Here’s to a long life freepers.....


3 posted on 08/20/2009 9:54:39 AM PDT by Sleeping Freeper
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To: angcat
Popcorn makes me choke.

Well that's not very "health boosting" now is it?

4 posted on 08/20/2009 9:54:55 AM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: Schnucki
So, in the future, the healthiest meal possible will be a big bowl of popcorn chased down with a bottle of wine.

I knew those tofu people were full of crap.
5 posted on 08/20/2009 9:55:08 AM PDT by VisualizeSmallerGovernment
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6 posted on 08/20/2009 9:55:09 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Schnucki
Only enjoy popcorn while watching a liberal carrying a baby seal sinking in a pool of oil while protesting offshore drilling.
7 posted on 08/20/2009 9:55:47 AM PDT by Ben Mugged (Unions are the storm troopers of socialism.)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Hear, hear!


8 posted on 08/20/2009 9:55:48 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

Dang it, now I have to make a pan of popcorn in the middle of the afternoon. :)


9 posted on 08/20/2009 9:56:22 AM PDT by madison10
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To: angcat

You do pop them first, don’t you? :-)


10 posted on 08/20/2009 9:56:40 AM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: Schnucki

Yeah, but you die from the butter.


11 posted on 08/20/2009 9:56:50 AM PDT by nikos1121 (praying for -13)
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To: Schnucki

SSHHHH!!!!!! Popcorn will be declared a medicinal product and we’ll have to get permission to eat it and once you’re over 50 you won’t be allowed to!!!!!!


12 posted on 08/20/2009 9:59:57 AM PDT by Wife of D
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To: Schnucki

Oh man... and I’m out of popcorn... LOL...

Time to go out and get some more... and that’s on the top of my list today... :-)


13 posted on 08/20/2009 10:00:29 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Schnucki

I knew popcorn was on the short list (very short list, as in 1 page list) of foods that wouldn’t give you cancer.

I didn’t know it would prevent cancer.


14 posted on 08/20/2009 10:00:53 AM PDT by Brookhaven (http://theconservativehand.blogspot.com/)
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To: madison10

Pan? Pan, you say?

My kids’ friends think I am the strangest parent in the world because I cook my popcorn on the stove. But they don’t argue with the taste which is, imo, superior to the microwave variety!


15 posted on 08/20/2009 10:00:58 AM PDT by stentorian conservative (Obama is sinking the boat that was built to stay afloat.)
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To: angcat

Makes me really nauseous.

Can live without it not like its dark chocolate or some other IMO yummy treat.


16 posted on 08/20/2009 10:02:18 AM PDT by Global2010 (Chic Conservative Catholic Thug)
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To: Schnucki
Popcorn could help prevent cancer, research suggests.

Heck, one excuse is as good as another, if it lets me munch more popcorn, yippee!!

17 posted on 08/20/2009 10:02:42 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: Schnucki

Well, with all the popcorn we FReepers have been passing around lately, we should be healthier that H#ll.


18 posted on 08/20/2009 10:03:08 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength". Orwell)
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To: Schnucki

And I like oatmeal, too... :-)

Oatmeal and Cholesterol...
http://food-facts.suite101.com/article.cfm/oatmeal_to_lower_your_cholesterol


19 posted on 08/20/2009 10:04:10 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: VisualizeSmallerGovernment
So, in the future, the healthiest meal possible will be a big bowl of popcorn chased down with a bottle of wine.

Sounds like dinner at my house a couple of times a month. You know the days you eat a large/late lunch and just not that hungry at dinner time. Pop some popcorn and pour a glass of wine, and watch a movie on TV.

20 posted on 08/20/2009 10:04:23 AM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: Schnucki
Wasn't popcorn on the hit list of that Center for Science in the Public Interest [sic] (either before or after pizza and Chinese food)?

Yet another proof that people should just eat what they want! ;-)

21 posted on 08/20/2009 10:04:32 AM PDT by maryz
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To: stentorian conservative

Yes, pan. LOL It’s cheaper, I can use olive oil and as much salt/butter as I want.

‘Sides I’m out of the microwave stuff.


22 posted on 08/20/2009 10:05:23 AM PDT by madison10
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To: Schnucki

And I like chocolate, too... :-)

Some health benefits to chocolate...
http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=8326


23 posted on 08/20/2009 10:05:47 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Schnucki

And I like drinking coffee... :-)

Benefits to drinking coffee...
http://men.webmd.com/features/coffee-new-health-food

I think I’m getting to be a real “health nut” now... LOL...


24 posted on 08/20/2009 10:06:55 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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25 posted on 08/20/2009 10:08:07 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Extreme right-winged mob terrorist astroturfing bitter clinging racist birther evilmongering wingnut)
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To: Star Traveler

mmmmmm...chocolate. Dove is the best.


26 posted on 08/20/2009 10:08:49 AM PDT by madison10
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To: stentorian conservative

Just dug out my 20-year-old hot-air popper. Nice to get fresh, crisp, greaseless, perfect popcorn. I was going to use it for roasting coffee, but that “last batch” was just too good to smoke up the thing. Now I need another hot-air popper.


27 posted on 08/20/2009 10:16:03 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (flag@whitehouse.gov may bounce messages but copies may be kept. Informants are still solicited.)
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To: IrishCatholic

It’s because I’m always yelling at my kids so when I’m eating the popcorn and I yell well you know the rest.


28 posted on 08/20/2009 10:16:33 AM PDT by angcat (GOOD LORD PLEASE HELP THE USA!)
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To: Schnucki
Bacon makes me happier!
Give me Bacon!
29 posted on 08/20/2009 10:19:32 AM PDT by right way right (Do not mistake Religion for God.)
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30 posted on 08/20/2009 10:23:40 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: right way right

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2320365/posts?page=1

Not so healty foods, and an interesting way to eat bacon.


31 posted on 08/20/2009 10:26:11 AM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: Schnucki

I wonder if he tested the kernels before or after they were popped? It would be a drag if you got the healthy ingredients only if you ate it raw.


32 posted on 08/20/2009 10:47:28 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Schnucki

Some people will do ANYTHING to drive up the price of corn!


33 posted on 08/20/2009 10:51:37 AM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: Global2010
Can live without it not like its dark chocolate or some other IMO yummy treat.

We eat popcorn and dark chocolate M&Ms together. The sweet and salt go really well together.

34 posted on 08/20/2009 10:54:33 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: maryz

Wasn’t popcorn on the hit list of that Center for Science in the Public Interest [sic] (either before or after pizza and Chinese food)?

I think that was movie popcorn....the stuff with 2 pounds of arterie clogging 100% butter.


35 posted on 08/20/2009 11:03:07 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
the stuff with 2 pounds of arterie clogging 100% butter.

Give 'em another year or two! I read recently that coconut oil is good for you (helps you lose weight); IIRC it was banned a few years back because of "public" outcry, and now the place to find it is in health food stores.

36 posted on 08/20/2009 11:05:59 AM PDT by maryz
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To: AngelesCrestHighway; maryz; StarFan; stanz; NautiNurse
Wasn’t popcorn on the hit list of that Center for Science in the Public Interest [sic] (either before or after pizza and Chinese food)?

I think that was movie popcorn....the stuff with 2 pounds of arterie clogging 100% butter.

Rush always complains that good-tasting popcorn (movie popcorn?) can't be made with coconut oil anymore because the "Food Nazis" apparently banned it. What's the latest verdict on coconut oil, anyone know?

37 posted on 08/20/2009 11:11:30 AM PDT by nutmeg (Obamunism is destroying America)
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To: stentorian conservative

LOL!! Last year we, had to move in w/my Dad, house repairs, my SIL was over when I popped it in the “Corn Beef” pot. Suprised when I had put it in a brown paper bag.

Said was the best popcorn she ever had. Later she called to ask how it was made. Love and butter!!!


38 posted on 08/20/2009 11:23:16 AM PDT by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123)
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To: madison10

I do it the same way!

With a little cajun seasoning in the oil.
yum!


39 posted on 08/20/2009 11:34:50 AM PDT by woollyone (I believe God created me- you believe you're related to monkeys. Of course I laughed at you!)
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To: nutmeg
What's the latest verdict on coconut oil, anyone know?

If you missed my earlier post, now it's found that coconut oil helps you lose weight (something about the molecular structure), and you can find it in health food stores!

I found it in Walmart (vitamin section) -- it's really great in applesauce-bran muffins! :) Next time I looked (it's pretty expensive), I found a slightly cheaper one, also in Walmart, but in the shortening section.

40 posted on 08/20/2009 11:36:51 AM PDT by maryz
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

That wasn’t truly real butter on popcorn in movie theaters was it?


41 posted on 08/20/2009 12:42:41 PM PDT by Eaker (The Two Loudest Sounds in the World.....Bang When it should have been Click and the Reverse.)
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To: stentorian conservative
My kids’ friends think I am the strangest parent in the world because I cook my popcorn on the stove. But they don’t argue with the taste which is, imo, superior to the microwave variety!

Hear hear! I buy a bag of plain kernels and then pop 'em with a dab of oil on the stove. It doesn't take long to make TONS of popcorn, they don't scorch, fewer unpopped kernels, and there's no crap in it whatsoever.

I never make 'em in the microwave anymore. It's convenient, yeah, but a waste of money and they aren't as good.

42 posted on 08/20/2009 1:12:40 PM PDT by Claud
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To: maryz

You can lose a TON of weight with coconut oil! But you have to keep your overall diet low carb, and sadly, popcorn doesn’t fit in a low carb diet on a regular basis. It breaks my heart - popcorn is my favorite food.


43 posted on 08/20/2009 1:50:07 PM PDT by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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To: Schnucki

Dill pickles go surprisingly well with popcorn.


44 posted on 08/20/2009 1:51:13 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Schnucki

Trader Joe’s sells really good popcorn popped in olive oil.


45 posted on 08/20/2009 1:54:25 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: coop71

A lot of people posting on Atkins threads a while back said they found they could take one day a week “off” and still lose . . .


46 posted on 08/20/2009 1:57:08 PM PDT by maryz
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That’s true. It’s just hard to get back in the swing of things...at least it is for my dad (I’m helping him drop a few lbs with Atkins) if you go off plan weekly. And me? I could eat popcorn 3 meals a day for a month and not be sick of it. But with tons of butter and salt. Baaad!


47 posted on 08/20/2009 2:03:57 PM PDT by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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To: nutmeg
What's the latest verdict on coconut oil, anyone know?

It depends on whether the coconut oil has been processed (e.g. hydrogenated). Natural or virgin coconut oil is a whole lot better than processed or hydrogenated.

48 posted on 08/20/2009 2:33:36 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: stentorian conservative

Hehe..I cook popcorn on the stove , too . Just got myself an 8 pound container of Orville Redenbacher’s Original here in Japan . I pop it in olive oil and sprinkle a little salt on top - no butter or margarine . This is the way my daughter and wife eat it as well . Even healthier !


49 posted on 08/20/2009 2:33:52 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: stentorian conservative

can you IMAGINE how many people in this world didn’t even know you CAN make popcorn in a pan?!?!if they only knew what they are missing. mmmm-mmmm-GOOD!! it was the first thing i learned how to cook, way back in 19....oh nevermind.


50 posted on 08/20/2009 2:49:36 PM PDT by pawnshop dave
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