Popcorn–the healthy and the unhealthy!

The healthy facts:

Popcorn is a whole grain that contains 5 grams of fiber in 4 cups of popped corn!  Fiber helps to prevent disease!

One cup of air-popped popcorn has only 30 calories!

Studies show that popcorn is high in polyphenols, which are antioxidants that help to reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers!

As a rule, popcorn is not genetically modified like most non-organic corn.

The unhealthy facts:

Diacetyl, a chemical used in the artificial butter flavoring of microwave popcorn, is toxic!

The bags of most microwave popcorn are coated with PFCs.  These chemicals have been shown to suppress the immune systems of children and cause cancer in animals.

The popcorn industry is using bee-killing insecticides known as neonics on their seeds!  Not only do these chemicals kill bees, they expose popcorn lovers to more health-compromising toxins.

Two big-name brands using these harmful chemicals on their popcorn seeds are Pop Secret and Pop Weaver.  For more information about this problem, check out this website:  www.pollinatorsandyourplate.org

Healthier ways to consume popcorn:

Buy organic popping corn.  Heat some virgin coconut oil in a stainless steel pot on the stove.  Cover the bottom of your pot with a layer of popcorn.  Cover pot and shake over high heat until it stops popping.

I shake a little unrefined sea salt that still contains minerals (I buy mine from Nature’s Sunshine) or some nutritional yeast, which contains B-vitamins and tastes good!  Don’t confuse it with brewer’s yeast, which can contribute to yeast overgrowth in the body.

I make this healthier sweet treat with leftover popped corn:

Melt 4 tablespoons of unsalted organic butter with 4 tablespoons of raw honey.  Pour over 8 cups of popped corn (salted or unsalted), and mix to coat.  You can always add some nuts at this point, if desired.

Spread the mixture in a single layer onto a large baking pan, and bake at 275 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Stir after 10 minutes and then once every 5 minutes until done.  Let cool on pan.  So easy and so good!

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Natural Health Care Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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Research shows that eating these fall foods can help fight cancer!

Since most cancers are due to an unhealthy lifestyle, diet is a major key in prevention.  Eating a variety of these seasonal foods may offer extra protection against cancer.

Cranberries contain elegiac acid which, in laboratory tests, has been shown to help prevent mutations in DNA, disarm cancer-causing agents, and help prevent the growth of tumors!  Buy them without added sugar.

Oranges, lemons, and limes contain limonene, found in laboratory studies to help block lung and breast cancers and to get cancer cells to self-destruct!

Tangerines (also known as mandarin oranges) contain tangeretin and nobilitin, which research has shown to be extremely potent against certain types of breast cancer.  Japanese researchers found that tangeretin could also inhibit the growth of leukemia cells!

Pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and winter squashes contain beta-carotene, which gives them their orange color and helps protect them from diseases.  Research has shown that a diet rich in beta-carotene can help protect against a variety of cancers, including stomach, esophagus, lungs, and colon.  Pumpkin also contains phenolic acids, chemicals that bind to potential carcinogens and help prevent them from being absorbed!

Stock up on these anti-cancer foods, and eat a variety of them often.  Buy them organic when possible to help reduce cancer-causing toxins.

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Natural Health Care Coach

www.learningtobehealthy.com

www.facebook.com/learningtobehealthy

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat disease.  It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need.