Polyphenols are well known for their beneficial antioxidant activity. Found in fruit, vegetables, and nuts, their ability to scavenge free radicals has been shown to give protective and preventative effects against cancer. Researchers from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Scranton, PA, USA, describe how these beneficial polyphenolic compounds are present in popcorn, a popular snack food the world over, at levels similar to those found some nuts.
Team leader Professor Joe Vinson (pictured) reported his findings at the 243rd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in San Diego, CA, USA, this week, suggesting that popcorn be added to the list of “good snacks”, but cautioned against the addition of sugar, salt, and butter to this otherwise healthy treat.
Image: Professor Joe Vinson, study leader
(Photo credit: Terry Connors)
- The full webcast can be viewed here:
Popcorn: The snack with even higher antioxidants levels than fruits and vegetables
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