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Benefits of Popcorn And Its Side Effects

Popcorn Nutritional Value of Popcorn Health Benefits of Popcorn Uses of Popcorn Side-Effects & Allergies of Popcorn Cultivation of Popcorn
Benefits of Popcorn And Its Side Effects

The common health benefits of popcorn are such that it improves digestive health, is rich in antioxidants, helps in metabolism and provides energy, reduces depression, supports healthy bone function, controls blood sugar level, combats tumour cells, reduces craving for food, prevents aging, lowers cholesterol levels, controls anaemia and helps in relieving constipation.

Popcorn

Popcorn is a variety of corn kernel, which forcefully expands and puffs up when heated. A popcorn kernel's strong hull contains the seed's hard, starchy endosperm with 14-20% moisture, which turns to steam as the kernel is heated. The pressure continues building until it exceeds the hull's ability to contain it. The kernel ruptures and forcefully expands, allowing the contents to expand, cool, and finally set in a popcorn puff 20 to 50 times the size of the original kernel. Some strains of corn (Zea mays) are cultivated specifically as popping corns. The Zea mays variety everta, a special kind of flint corn, and is commonly used for making of pop corns.

Nutritional Value of Popcorn

Popcorn is a whole grain food and contains high amounts of several important nutrients. 100 grams of air-popped popcorn serves with 387 calories of energy, 13 grams of protein, 78 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fat, 15 grams of fibre, 7% vitamin B1 (thiamine), 12% vitamin B3 (niacin), 8% vitamin B6, 18% iron, 36% magnesium, 36% phosphorous, 9% potassium, 21% zinc, 13% copper and 56% manganese.

Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams

375 Calories
4.3 g Total Fat
7 mg Sodium
274 mg Potassium
74 g Total Carbohydrate
11 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

16 % Iron
15 % Vitamin B-6
30 % Magnesium

Health Benefits of Popcorn

Health Benefits of Popcorn
Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Popcorn

Improves digestive health

Corn is high in dietary fibre, which helps with digestive regularity, keeps a feeling of fullness throughout the day, is crucial for a healthy heart, and may even help to protect against colon cancer. Because of its high fibre content, eating popcorn may help to promote healthy gut bacteria which are essential for not only digestion, but also for a healthy immune system.

Rich in antioxidants

Yellow corn is rich in carotenoid antioxidants, including lutein and zeaxanthin, which not only helps in protect eye health, and may guard against age-related macular degeneration, but they also work to combat system-wide inflammation, which may underlie a number of chronic diseases.

Helps in metabolism and provides energy

Corn is rich in vitamin B, including vitamin B3, B6, folate, and pantothenic acid. Vitamin B is essential for regulating bodily processes across multiple systems. The two examples of these are the production of energy and the metabolism of various nutrients.

Helps to reduce depression

Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, has been studied for its potential to help naturally ease depression, making popcorn a “comfort food” in the literal sense.

Supports healthy bone function

Popcorn contains phosphorus, a mineral that aids in supporting healthy bone function, as well as the function of many types of cells throughout the body. Manganese is another mineral found in popcorn which also support healthy bones,

Controls blood sugar level

Dietary fibre also has impact on blood sugar level within the body. When the body has ample amounts of fibre, it regulates the release and management of blood sugar and insulin levels better than people with low levels of fibre. Reduction of these fluctuations in blood sugar is a major bonus for diabetic patients and hence popcorn is always recommended if a person suffers from diabetes.

Combats tumour cells

Popcorn contains ferulic acid, which is linked to potentially killing certain kinds of tumor cells. Hence popcorn also assists in treating cancer.

Reduces craving for food

Munching on a bowl of organic popcorn provides a great alternative to other less-healthy snacks, and because it is high in fibre, may reduce cravings for these snacks.

Prevents Aging

Free radicals do a lot more damage than cancer. They have been closely linked to age-related symptoms like wrinkles, age spots, macular degeneration and blindness, muscle weakness, cognitive decline, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, hair loss, and a wide variety of other things which becomes prominent with aging. Popcorn can make a person feel healthy and happy well into their old age because of the powerful antioxidants that combat these effects of free radicals.

Lowers Cholesterol Levels

Fibres function in another beneficial way within the body, and whole grains contain the type of fibre which can eliminate excess cholesterol from the walls of blood vessels and arteries, thereby reducing the overall cholesterol levels in the body, and hence lowering the chances of dangerous cardiovascular conditions like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. This also reduces the strain on the cardiac system, since the heart doesn’t need to work so hard to move blood through clogged vessels and arteries.

Controls Anaemia

According to the USDA, 28 grams of popcorn contains 0.9 mg of iron. This number might seem small, but adult men require only 8 mg of iron in their diet each day. Adult women, on the other hand, need 18 mg per day because of the blood they lose during menstruation. According to some surveys almost 10% of women are iron deficient. Hence having popcorn in one’s diet provides the body with enough iron and helps to keep away problems like anaemia.

Helps in relieving constipation

Since popcorn is all whole grain, their insoluble fibres helps keep the digestive tract in check and prevents constipation. Researchers have found out that people who ate popcorn regularly increased their daily fibre intake by 22%. Eating more fibrous foods helps in relieving constipation.

Uses of Popcorn

Apart from using it as a snack or food, there are some other uses of popcorn. One of these is that it is used for decoration, strung together and hung on Christmas trees. This tradition is common in North America and in the Middle East. The other use is for packaging. This is not as common because it is a dangerous and difficult packing material to use since it is flammable and attracts insects and animals and this is a negative effect of using popcorn.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Popcorn

P> Popcorn is likely safe when taken in optimum amounts in diet. However, popcorn might encourage an allergic reaction in some individuals. Care should be taken in case of any allergy symptoms that may arise immediately after consuming popcorn, such as swollen mouth or difficulty in breathing.

Popcorn is also on a list of foods that commonly cause irritating symptoms among people with inflammatory bowel disease and hence it should be avoided in such cases.

Cultivation of Popcorn

Corn was domesticated in Mexico over 9,000 years ago and continues to be one of the leading vegetables produced each year throughout the world. Popcorn as a snack has been discovered in Mexico in archaeological sites dating back to 3600 B.C., and unsubstantiated claims say that Squanto himself taught European settlers how to popcorn during the growth of North America.

The history of popcorn is not entirely documented, but it seems that its popularity soared in the United States first in the Great Lakes region where the Iroquois people settled in large numbers. The first reliable sources to actually refer to “popped corn” date back to about 1820, and records from the mid-1800s name popcorn as a popular family treat.

In the 1890s, popcorn received another boost in demand, the credit of which goes to candy store owner Charles Cretors. In an attempt to better roast nuts for sale at his store in commercial quantities, he created the first ever commercial-grade popcorn popper, later displaying it in a horse-and-buggy style design. Then came the early 20th century, when the occurrence of popcorn in a movie theater began to become normal.

Popular Questions & Answers

Sir/madam I have severe pain when going to stool and after every time, suggest me some tonic for stool free.

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My son is 4.5 years wph paratyphoid se recover ho raha he, to vo popcorn an bread or ketchup kha sakta he?

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Paratyphoid fever, also known simply as paratyphoid, is a bacterial infection .providing basic sanitation and safe drinking water and food are the keys for controlling the disease. You may discuss it further over a call for a detailed consultation...

Kidney friendly vegetables/grains which do not increase serum creatinine phosphorus and potassium. My creatinine is 0.98 and gfr is 86 I am 58 years old. Should I avoid totally potato, banana and or take in moderate quantity. Thank you for your help.

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Choosing plant sources of protein, such as beans, nuts, and tofu, may reduce creatinine levels. Whole grains with lower potassium and phosphorus content: barley. Buckwheat (kasha) bulgur. Popcorn. Wild rice.
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