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Health Benefits of Popcorn And Its Side Effects

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

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

What is 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 eating Popcorn . You can easily consume popcorn with butter, coconut oil and oilve oil according to your taste buds.

Popcorn Improves digestive health

Popcorn good for the digestive system and tract, popcorn 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.

Popcorn antioxidants benefits

Yellow popcorn is rich in carotenoid antioxidants, including lutein and zeaxanthin, which not only helps in protecting 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.

Popcorn helps in metabolism and provides energy

Popcorn 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.

Popcorn helps to reduce depression

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

Popcorn 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,

Popcorn controls blood sugar level

Dietary fibre also has an impact on blood sugar levels within the body. When the body has ample amounts of fiber, it regulates the release and management of blood sugar and insulin levels better than people with low levels of fibre.

Popcorn lowers blood sugar levels, 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.

Popcorn 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.

Popcorn 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.

Popcorn Prevents Aging

Popcorn acts as anti aging agent. 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.

Popcorn 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 popcorn lowers cholesterol levels in the body, and hence lowering the chances of dangerous cardiovascular conditions like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. Popcorn 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.

Popcorn 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.

Popcorn 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.

Popcorn Side-Effects & Allergies

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

Hello doctor, age 26, male, 165 cm, 83 kg from age 15 I started getting this acne all over my back which has now spread all over. I also have fungal spots on my back, arm pits, groin and neck. Dermatologist gave candid drops, which gave only temporary relief. In 2014 august, I was given riconia silver vitamin tablet as a nutritional supplement, which after a week gave big side effects of insomnia, hypermobility, anxiety and panic attacks and ulcers and occasionally black spotted tools. Lost 10 kgs in 2 months. Doctor just gave me antacids and probiotics (vizylac). Slowly over a period of one year anxiety turned into depression and everything became normal. Again in 2019 july, I ate green leaf sambar, again got all the symptoms of hypermobility, hypermetabolism and anxiety came back. This time was given anti anxiety medication paroxetine 12.5 mg, worked like a charm. But my original disease is mysteriously undiagnosed. Whenever I eat fiber rich food like leafs greens or popcorn or take multivitamin supplement (mostly because of iron.) I get all the symptoms back. My c reactive protein is high (3.0).so I have some kind of inflammation going on. I suspect the iron and high fiber foods are triggering colitis. And I think I have systemic non invasive candida which has made my colon very sensitive and inflamed and any potential irritant triggers colitis of some kind. This is my guess. Also lately I have no motivation or interest in anything. What should I do?

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What you thought stop immediately. You stop thinking too much and avoid to jumping over different suppliment. Neutritious diet very helpful. If problem persist consult with us.

I have hypothyroidism my age is 26 height 5’3 weight 62 please write my weight loss diet what snacks I can have for late night craving please make my diet chart for 2 weeks along with guidlibes along with timings im pure vegetarian.

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Follow this 1. Don't take tea empty stomach. Eat something like a banana (if you are not diabetic) or any seasonal fruit or soaked almonds and a glass of water first thing in the morning (within 10 mins of waking up). No only biscuits or rusk will...

I ate popcorn and it got stuck deep in my throat. I tried eating banana, bread and gargling. Its been a week but it is yet stuck. I have no trouble eating or breathing. Do I need to see a doc or should I be patient?

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Popcorn is not there now. So relax. May be you r having sore throat which was aggravated because of popcorn. 1. Do saline gargles daily. 2. Whenever possible do steam inhalation also. 3. Cover your nose and mouth with hanky for at least 30 sec whe...
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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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General Physician, Patna
Hi start taking syp cremaffin plus 10 ml at night for 7 days. Sitz bath, cremagel to apply in and around anal opening half hour before stool.

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