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National Popcorn Day

Posted On: January 19, 2021 by Community HealthCare System in: General, News

By Holly Schmitz, registered dietitian and CHCS Nutrition Services manager January 19 is National Popcorn Day. Did you know there are many health benefits to eating popcorn?  It's high in fiber and contains polyphenols, a type of antioxidant. It also contains about 8% of the daily value of iron. The fiber in popcorn makes it more satisfying.  The antioxidants contain anti-inflammatory properties and can protect against cancer and cardiovascular disease.  In addition, popcorn is a whole grain, which may reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and hypertension (high blood pressure). One serving (3 cups popped) is about 70% of daily recommended intake of whole grain.  The popcorn hull contains much of the food's nutritional value, which includes beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which are important in maintaining eye health.  Popcorn also contains a number of vitamins: folate, niacin, riboflavin,
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