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By Molly Raisch for 

Isn’t it great when research uncovers a healthy benefit of something you already love—as opposed to the usual guilt-inducing findings?

Case in point: The ultimate healthy snack may be your go-to movie-watching munchie: popcorn.

Turns out popcorn kernels contain more of the healthy antioxidant substances called polyphenols than fruits and vegetables, according to new research presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Fruits and veggies do contain polyphenols, of course, but the antioxidants can be diluted since produce is made up of so much water.

Popcorn, on the other hand, is made up of only four percent water, so the antioxidants—which help fight inflammation—are packed into those tiny kernels. (But don’t think you can skip fruits and veggies—they still offer tons of health benefits!)

Keep reading and find out how to make these corny kernels into a nutritious and delicious snack…

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