You Won’t Believe What POPCORN Can Do for Your Health! Dr. Mandell

*Popcorn: A Snack with Surprising Health Benefits**

1. **High in Nutrients**

Despite its reputation as a snack food, popcorn packs a healthy punch. A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving boasts 387 calories, 13 grams of protein, 78 grams of carbs and 5 grams of fat. It's also packed with fiber, supporting good digestive health by adding bulk to stools, reducing constipation, and promoting regular bowel movements.

2. **Whole Grain Goodness**

Popcorn is a whole grain, which refers to grains that include all three original parts: the bran, germ, and endosperm. Whole grains like popcorn have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and other health problems.

3. **Exceptional Antioxidant Profile**

Polyphenols, antioxidants found in abundance in popcorn, play many roles in the body. They can reduce inflammation, regulate blood sugar levels and lower LDL cholesterol.

– Ferulic acid acts as an antioxidant, neutralizing the harmful effects of free radicals, that are linked to various chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.

– p-coumaric acid has anti-inflammatory properties, potentially inhibiting the development of certain types of cancer.

– Dimeric Procyanidin B2, an anti-inflammatory polyphenol believed to protect nerve cells, is found in the hull of the popcorn kernel.

– Zeaxanthin and Lutein, powerful antioxidants essential for eye health, helping stave off age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

4. **Supports Weight Management**

Due to its high fiber content, popcorn can make you feel full longer. It's also a low-energy density food, meaning it provides fewer calories than the same weight of higher-energy dense foods.

5. **Promotes Gut Health**

The ample dietary fiber in popcorn not only helps to control blood sugar and cholesterol levels but also supports a healthy gut leading to better digestion and reduced risk of bowel-related issues.

6. **Supports Heart Health**

Popcorn, as a whole grain, is a source of dietary fiber which can lower cholesterol by binding with low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in your intestines and preventing absorption. This, in turn, prevents the buildup of cholesterol in your arteries, lowering the risk of heart disease.

7. **May Reduce Risk of Certain Cancers**

Polyphenols in popcorn including ferulic acid and coumaric acid, as well as the fiber it provides, have been linked in research to a reduced risk of colon cancer and possibly other types of cancer.

8. **Good for Diabetic Individuals**

Because it is a whole grain, the high fiber content slows down digestion and prevents sudden spikes and drops in blood sugar.

While popcorn has many health benefits, it’s important to choose the right kind. Air-popped popcorn without added fats or sugar is the healthiest choice. Be aware that pre-packaged microwave popcorn can be filled with unhealthy additives.

Also, while popcorn can contribute to a healthy diet, it doesn't replace the plethora of nutrients you get from fruits, vegetables, and other whole grains. Enjoy your popcorn alongside a variety of other nutrient-dense foods for a balanced, heart-healthy diet.


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  • @joehudson5058 says:

    Good morning Dr. Mandell ❤❤

  • @joehudson5058 says:

    Good morning everyone ❤

  • @madelainer3585 says:

    Never thought of cinnamon on popcorn! Very different. You are a mine of info Dr. M! Glycemic control is so vital. 🇮🇪💕

  • @LoveParadiseMusic says:

    I’ve been called a popcorn addict lol I eat Popcorn all the time. Freshly made popcorn with 100 percent Extra Virgin olive oil. I was 420 lbs, now I’m 290 and on my way to 190 lbs

    • @bryanblanks1714 says:

      Try using Coconut oil,!

    • @godzillamanstreb524 says:

      How much unpopped do you make?

    • @LoveParadiseMusic says:

      @@godzillamanstreb524 I just eyeball it each time. But I alternate between eating veggies and meat or Omad (Once Meal A Day)
      I decided in the beginning of my journey that I would never give up popcorn and I didn’t.

    • @LoveParadiseMusic says:

      @@bryanblanks1714 I can’t do coconut oil. Extra virgin olive oil works great for me. I get great results it’s just a matter of time til I reach my goal. I’ll be hitting my goal in around 5 months if it’s Gods will

    • @Thetreecutter says:

      ​@@bryanblanks1714 – Yes! Coconut oil half & half with extra virgin olive oil, used sparingly in a stir type popcorn with 2/3 cup organic popcorn is a delicious snack!

  • @deborahmcneil788 says:

    Good Morning All!

  • @valeriebecker5108 says:

    So informative as always!!!! Thank you

  • @judyvaughn761 says:

    I have 10 siblings our house was full all the time and the treat that was the greatest appreciated by us was popcorn cuz it was cheap you could make a lot of it I remember my mom dumping it in a pot with probably bacon grease and shaking that pot thank you

  • @trishaporte says:

    I like home made popcorn, but certainly enjoy it with real butter and a little Redmonds Salt.

  • @kathyliin8438 says:

    Popcorn? Geez, I haven’t had any of that in years. Think I’ll buy some today. Thanks Dr. Mandell.

  • @deborahmcneil788 says:

    Okay one suggestion- Amazon has popcorn bowls that are microwaveable and you can use whatever oil to pop and you only need a little bit. That may help. You can use fresh organic popcorn and still microwave it.

  • @user-jx3ih8bk3n says:

    I have gone back to air popping because I can no longer afford the microwave bags. Turns out it was the right thing to do. Grew up with an air popper going on Saturday nights with whatever horror/sci-fi flick was on. Best time of my life

    • @kennethrhodes7143 says:

      I don’t eat Corn in any form, No Soy, Rice, Pasta, Beans or Nuts other than small amount of Walnuts and Pumpkin seeds. And Especially Don’t Ever use Microwave

    • @mariatucker7695 says:

      I love it with a little coconut oil

    • @TheLovingangel4uau says:

      The bag popcorn have deadly things in them. Plus anything microwaved kills all the vitamins and nutrients in the food.

    • @knightrcer says:

      I used to love going to the movies and eating popcorn there. I didn’t know how unhealthy it was with all that salt and how they keep the popcorn fresh using a light above it.. I’m going to the movies today and ask if they have unseasoned popcorn.

    • @kennethrhodes7143 says:

      @@mariatucker7695 Poison with a little Oil

  • @robinsnestradio says:

    I make my popcorn and i add a bit of taco seasoning mix. I use coconut oil. It is so good that I am going to make some right now! 😁 I love love love popcorn! Good Sunday Morning To Everyone 🌅

    • @goldie6649 says:

      Thx 4 sharing can’t wait 2 try❤

    • @robinsnestradio says:

      @@goldie6649 After I pop the popcorn, I add a bit of melted butter and then sprinkle some powdered taco seasoning from the little packet and Omgoodness!😋

    • @robertvance1873 says:

      ​@@robinsnestradioSounds wonderful but you have to look at the ingredients and make sure it doesn’t have monosodium glutamate can cause migraines and just not good for you

    • @robertvance1873 says:

      I found like a new air popper at a Goodwill store and probably never go back to fixing it any other way

  • @damonreeves says:

    Popcorn is the Business. I use Grapeseed Oil for Popping..Stay Strong Keep Your Health Game Up People 👊🏽💜💯

  • @vanessaharper1847 says:

    THANK you Doctor 😊….I have a provider, but I also follow you. My provider agrees with your advice as well. God bless you, your family and all connected to you. I TRULY appreciate you ❤

  • @lovelycherokee_2616 says:

    Gm Dr Mandell🌞😀So good to see you’re still sharing healthy snacks. I’m not receiving notifications as I should. Have A Great Day 🙏🧡 Blessings Always to you 🌞

  • @gingerbread1212 says:

    I love a small amount of organic popcorn with Redmond salt sprinkled on it. Delicious !

  • @jolenes2574 says:

    Good morning Dr. Mandell, if you top the popcorn with salt and nutritional yeast it tastes amazing!! It tastes like cheese popcorn. The nutritional yeast is packed with B vitamins too!

  • @BloomingBriars says:

    I pop mine stove top,add real butter and sprinkle nutritional yeast on top. Yummy and good for you too.

  • @melodys.40 says:

    I use coconut oil to pop my popcorn… and a bit of celtic salt. I eat it 3 times a week. 👍

  • @Thetreecutter says:

    Another great thing about popcorn is, it forces us to use dental floss & thoroughly brush our teeth after an evening snack!
    POPCORN, loaded with benefits‼️

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