Popcorn and Digestion

It’s no secret that corn and the digestive system aren’t exactly best buds. But, do you know why corn kernels come out almost exactly the same as they go in?

Kernels are coated in what’s called a bran coat. This coating is made of the plant fiber, cellulose, which our body’s digestive enzymes can’t break down.1

Popcorn on the other hand can actually improve digestion! Haven’t you heard the rumor that popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks out there? Although this status can obviously be altered based on your choice of toppings.πŸ˜‰

The bran coat is still present in popcorn but because it has turned brittle from the heat it’s far easier to digest! In the soft cooked kernels, the coating is chewy and difficult to break down.

Popcorn is high in fiber of the best kindβ€”insoluble fiber2! This type of fiber pushes waste through the digestive track. It also promotes regular bowel movements and speeds up the process of eliminating toxic waste from the colon.

Air-popped corn is a highly customizable high-fiber low-cal snack that can be very nutritious. If it’s loaded with butter, it is certainly not much of a healthy snack! Try loading your next bowl of popcorn with a few toppings from the list below!πŸ˜€

  1. Earth Balance
  2. Coconut oil
  3. Sea salt
  4. Dried fruit
  5. Hemp seeds
  6. Flax seeds
  7. Chocolate chips
  8. Peanut butter
  9. Granola

 
Sources
1http://www.livestrong.com/article/477602-why-does-the-human-body-not-digest-corn/
2http://web.b.ebscohost.com.ccriezp.idm.oclc.org/ehost/detail/detail?vid=8&sid=c43cb06d-18f1-42b3-a46d-5cd76a227b4e%40sessionmgr101&hid=124&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=45687413&db=a9h

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