London: Don't forget to pick up a tub of popcorn the next time you go for a movie at a nearby theatre, for a new study has claimed that the humble cinema snack is the perfect health food.
   
Researchers at the University of Scranton have found that popcorn already known for being fibre-packed and relatively low in fat is packed with more health-boosting antioxidants than fruits and vegetables.
   
Antioxidants are known to reduce one's risk of cancers, dementia and even heart disease.
   
And, the potent antioxidants, called polyphenols, in popcorn can fight harmful molecules that accumulate in the body and damage cells. They can also help to increase blood flow by relaxing the arteries.
   
The researchers said that polyphenols are more concentrated in popcorn, which averages only about four percent water, compared with the 90 percent that makes up many fruits and vegetables.
   
In fact, the study revealed that the amount of polyphenols found in popcorn was up to 300 mg a serving which would provide 13 per cent of an average intake of polyphenols a day.

(Agencies)