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Is Popcorn Healthy?

The vast influx of nutritional information has had a major impact on the health conscious. One result of an informed approach to eating is that many guilty pleasures are no longer a source of temporary joy.

CNN investigated where popcorn fits into a healthful diet. They opined that this beloved movie theater staple can be incorporated into a rational eating plan. This view is supported by my own research, provided that the popcorn is prepared properly.

Popcorn has a number of surprising health benefits. A 3.5 ounce serving of popcorn contains 56 percent of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of manganese, while magnesium and phosphorus are each present at 36 percent RDI. That same serving contains 389 calories, 15 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein.

Currently, popping corn is not made from GE corn. This could change at any time, as GMO seed manufacturers seek to infiltrate new markets to offset the consumer backlash against their toxic crops.

The preparation of even the highest-quality organic popcorn can transform this snack from healthful to harmful. The microwavable bag often contains perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). This chemical has been linked to ADHD and hyperactivity in children, low birth weight and thyroid disease.

Another dangerous chemical, diacetyl, is found in the greasy pseudo-butter. Multiple animal studies show it may damage precipitate lung disease. The microwaving process itself is also problematic.

Fortunately, this toxic sludge can be replaced with coconut oil and salt. Popcorn done right is a great snack. Just avoid eating it by the bucketful.
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