Swap out potato chips with this healthy alternative


Many people believe no movie marathon is complete without a big bowl of popcorn. Movies and popcorn have been linked for decades, but popcorn is more than just a must-have on movie night. 

Popcorn lovers may be surprised to learn just how healthy this beloved snack can be.

• Popcorn can help lower cholesterol. Like many other foods, popcorn is full of fiber. Fiber attaches to cholesterol particles and helps prevent them from entering the bloodstream and traveling to other parts of the body, according to Verywell Health. Fiber also helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, potentially helping people with diabetes.

• Popcorn promotes healthy digestion. Its high fiber content can alleviate constipation by stimulating the peristaltic motion of the smooth intestinal muscles and the secretion of digestive enzymes. It can also fill you up and stave off hunger pangs.

• Popcorn has disease-fighting properties. OrganicFacts.net says popcorn has polyphenols that act as antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants reduce oxidative stress and can fight against the development of chronic diseases. They also may prevent the development of age-related issues like age spots and wrinkles.

• Popcorn is a low-calorie snack. A cup of air-popped popcorn comes in at just around 30 calories. That means you can overindulge a bit. One serving of popcorn has five times fewer calories than one serving of potato chips. 


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