Is Popcorn The Latest Superfood?

New research by the The American Chemical Society suggests that popcorn may deserve a place next to kale, acai berries, and kefir as the world’s latest superfood.

While not a scientific term, superfood often used to describe dark greens, fruits, nuts and other foods that contain high nutrient or phytochemical content. Popcorn contains a high level of antioxidants called polyphenols which protect against disease by fighting free radicals, according to Dr. Joe Vinson. In fact, it’s those particularly annoying popcorn hulls that contain the highest concentration of fiber and polyphenols.

“One serving of popcorn will provide more than seventy percent of the daily intake of whole grain. The average person only gets about half a serving of whole grains a day, and popcorn could fill that gap in a very pleasant way,” said Vinson, who presented his findings at the a recent national meeting of the ACS in San Diego.

But this doesn’t mean you can opt for extra butter next time you’re at the movies: in order to enjoy the true health benefits of popcorn,  it should always be air popped, and never popped in oil or the microwave. You should probably skip the salt as well.

Dr. Vinson did acknowledge that while popcorn may be an interesting substitute for whole grains or your usual source of fiber, this crunchy snack will never take the place of real fruits and vegetables, most of which contain other essential vitamins and nutrients that popcorn does not.

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Jane Johnson
Jane J.2 years ago

Don't have to feel guilty about my nightly little bowl of popcorn. Hooray !!!

Lucien B.
Lucien B.2 years ago

I did any mention about corn being about 80% GMO and some of us are aware of the dangers. Just my opinion.

Penny C.
Penny C.2 years ago


Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago


Debbie Bush
Debbie Bush3 years ago

Thanks! Its nice to know as a snack, popcorn is a smart food.

diana rojek
diana r.3 years ago

Corn is a grain not a vegetable, no matter what form it is in. It also is not very nutritious compared to vegetables and many other foods. While I do enjoy an ear of corn or an occasional bowl of popcorn, it is a treat, not something to rely on for daily consumption.

Leigh E.
Leigh EVERETT3 years ago

Well there you have it, 75% of the poll people are very badly informed. Hardly surprising seeing as we have been fed a lot of garbage about nutrition over the last fifty years. Most of the studies have been funded by the CORN industry so it comes as no surprise that they are now trying to tell us that it is a SUPERFOOD. It couldn't be further from the truth, OK maybe it contains polyphenols BUT it also contains a heck of a lot of carbohydrates (i.e. sugars) so if you really want to pack on the belly fat then go for it, believe these lies. The human digestive system was never designed to consume large quantities of grains so to say that popcorn could fill a gap, that we are not missing in the first place, is just madness.

Don't fall for it folks, enough is enough. Here's a link that could interest you. Please don't just ignore it. It is actually important for the health of all.

Vicky Pitchford
Vicky P.3 years ago

I only like when it's covered in salt and butter lol

Charli S.
Charlotte S.3 years ago

Who cares??????? Every week there is something we should or shouldn't eat....who can keep track? The problem is most people don't just eat popcorn...they eat artificial flavors on the popcorn and other additives. We're growing our own popcorn this year!

Tammy K.
Tammy K.3 years ago

news to me