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I came across this and didn't find anything on the CR site about it.  What do you all think?

Popcorn: The snack with even higher antioxidants levels than fruits and vegetables

March 25, 2012
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Summary: Popcorn’s reputation as a snack food that’s actually good for health popped up a few notches today as scientists reported that it contains more of the healthful antioxidant substances called "polyphenols" than fruits and vegetables.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120325173008.htm
 
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A very deceptive statement:  If you read the accompanying link, you get the (unsurprising) information that, if you compare popcorn with a fresh fruit or vegetable, the only reason the popcorn is rated by the author as having "more polyphenols" is that the fruit or vegetable is mostly water --  e.g., if you drink enough water with your popcorn snack so as to equal the amount of water in your produce meal, the fruit or vegetable meal will of course have much higher percentage of polyphenols (as well as vitamins, minerals and fiber not found in the popcorn).

The article notes that the same method of "proof" "shows" that a dried fruit or vegetable is higher in polyphenols than the fresh fruit or vegetable.

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  --  Saul

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6 hours ago, Saul said:

A very deceptive statement:  If you read the accompanying link, you get the (unsurprising) information that, if you compare popcorn with a fresh fruit or vegetable, the only reason the popcorn is rated by the author as having "more polyphenols" is that the fruit or vegetable is mostly water --  e.g., if you drink enough water with your popcorn snack so as to equal the amount of water in your produce meal, the fruit or vegetable meal will of course have much higher percentage of polyphenols (as well as vitamins, minerals and fiber not found in the popcorn).

The article notes that the same method of "proof" "shows" that a dried fruit or vegetable is higher in polyphenols than the fresh fruit or vegetable.

   😉

  --  Saul

Yes right Saul. People often fail to compare foods calorie to calorie. Kale for instance. It’s laughable really. Vegetables and berries are by far the best choices as one can only eat so many calories. 

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If you read the accompanying link, you get the (unsurprising) information that, if you compare popcorn with a fresh fruit or vegetable, the only reason the popcorn is rated by the author as having "more polyphenols" is that the fruit or vegetable is mostly water

It is clearly stated in the video by the scientist, not only in the accompanying link.

I am still a fan of popcorn, no salt or butter. It doesn't deserve a bad rep.

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