Ekphrasis Post. Go to flickr.com/explore and write a post inspired by the image. Can you link it to your health focus? Don’t forget to post the image!
The image I received is this one to the left of the ladies hanging out in their denim shorts. I wish I was that comfortable in shorts and am truly jealous of their smooth legs not covered in red spots. I have a post coming soon about how I feel in shorts, so I wanted to take today to share some great news that I read about recently on Prevention.com. Research recently presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society shows that popcorn has even more antioxidants than fruits and veggies!
I absolutely love popcorn, I’m a very frequent user of my Whirley Pop. Their findings discovered that popcorn kernels contain more of the healthy antioxidant substances called polyphenols than fruits and vegetable. Fruits and veggies do have polyphenols, but the antioxidants can be diluted because produce is made up of so much water. Popcorn is made up of only 4% water, so the antioxidants are packed into the tiny kernels. Those antioxidants are helping to fight inflammation, so popcorn fits perfectly into my anti-inflammatory nutrition plan! (Which so far is going really well, but I’d like to give it a little more time before I give a full update!)
A few more delicious tips about popcorn:
- One serving of popcorn provides more than 70 percent of your daily suggested intake of whole grains; the average person only gets about half a serving of whole grains a day.
- The hulls (those parts that get stuck in your teeth) are actually the most concentrated sources of polyphenols and fiber.
- Stick to the air-popped kind – Microwave popcorn has nearly twice as many calories as the air-popped kind, and about 43 percent of those calories are from fat. (Plus those microwave bags are lined with chemicals that could put your health at risk)
- 85% of US corn is genetically altered, so choose organic popcorn. (A growing number of health officials are concerned that genetically engineered foods have dire consequences on the environment—and our health.