February 7th, 2013 06:00:00 am
The answer is yes, it certainly can be…. It is indeed a whole grain and is high in fiber. In addition, it is slowly digested and absorbed, producing only a gradual rise in blood sugar and insulin levels. The manner in which you prepare it, and what type you choose, is all that remains in determining if popcorn is a healthy snack.
Some people choose the microwave packets. You may have heard though, that the chemical in Microwave Popcorn is linked to Alzheimer's Disease.
“Researchers conducting test-tube studies revealed that diacetyl has several concerning properties for brain health. Not only can it pass through the blood-brain barrier, which is intended to help keep toxins out of your brain, but it can also cause brain proteins to misfold into the Alzheimer's-linked form known as beta amyloid. It also inhibits mechanisms that help to naturally clear the dangerous beta amyloid from your brain.1” 1Chemical Research in Toxicology July 6, 2012
This information is pretty disturbing since a lot of people purchase the microwave, butter flavored pouches for their family. The good news is, you can still enjoy delicious popcorn, prepared in a healthy manner!
Start by purchasing corn kernels that are organic, non GMO. Heat your Titanium fry pan and add the kernels, and the lid. That’s correct. No oil. Just the kernels, the lid and the heat!
Once you hear and see them begin to pop, watch closely. As the popping slows… remove the pan from the heat and turn the popped corn into a metal or glass bowl.
Next, add flavor by using infused olive oil… I use Chipotle Chili infused olive oil which gives my corn a wonderful spicy flavor. Then add just a bit of Sea Salt or a No-Salt Seasoning if you prefer. Remember that when olive oil is heavily heated, it degrades, oxidizes and partially hydrogenates, creating harmful trans fats.
On the other hand, olive oil that has not been exposed to high heat, is excellent for your health and is a very digestible fat. It takes only a small drizzle to add that extra punch of flavor to your popped corn.
Truly, this will be the most delicious fresh popped corn you have ever tried! If you’ve wondered if popcorn is a healthy snack, you won’t have to question it any longer. You will know exactly what you are serving your family… a whole grain food and olive oil! My family prefers it hands-down to the chemical and oil variety.
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