While it may seem surprising, popcorn is a fiber-dense food that can be an important component of a healthy and balanced diet is taking in an adequate amount of fiber.
Both soluble fiber and insoluble fiber help promote better digestion, lower cholesterol, and reduce blood glucose levels. Fiber also promotes improved heart and joint health. It can keep you feeling full longer, which is particularly helpful if you are trying to lose weight.
The recommended daily requirement of fiber ranges from 25 to 40 grams, depending on age, weight, and the total calories you’re eating each day. In order to get this amount, you need to consume fiber-dense foods both during and between meals. It is well known that whole grains and vegetables are great sources of fiber, but there are more ways to make sure that you are getting enough in your diet. One surprising source of fiber is the perfect snack food: popcorn.
You may know that popcorn is a delicious snack and a much-enjoyed staple for movie-goers. It might surprise some, however, that it is also quite nutritional. Provided that it is not overloaded with butter and salt, popcorn is actually a great source of protein and fiber. One ounce of popcorn generally contains anywhere from two to four grams of fiber, meaning that you could get as much as half of your daily fiber intake from just three ounces of air-popped popcorn.
A great way to prepare healthy popcorn is to use a prepare it in a microwave. While you can use a household brown paper lunch bag to do this( as is shown in the video below), a better choice is a microwave popcorn popper that pops quickly, without added fat and salt.