Not that we’re trying to tempt you to eat more popcorn hor, but according to doctors and dieticians around the world, popcorn is actually good for you! Yes, we’re not bluffing. Of course lah, just like other foods, it all comes down to moderation. If you “jiak” (Hokkein for eat) too much popcorn, you’re definitely going to suffer from some severe side effects, such as stomach ache and bloating. However, if you consume popcorn in the right amount ah, you can look forward to gaining many benefits, which we’ve listed below.
1. Lower risk of diabetes
The thing about popcorn is that it’s a whole grain. You know, like your brown rice and oatmeal, which are foods that everyone knows are healthy but may not necessarily like. Well, good news, because if you dislike brown rice or oatmeal, popcorn is the next best thing for whole grain. Whole grain is sibeh important for our diet due to their high fibre and vitamin content, allowing us to improve our digestive health (ahem.. meaning going to the toilet frequently lah).
Fibre-rich foods like popcorn have also been found to lower the risk of diabetes, and in terms of just popcorn, it’s even more healthy as it contains a low glycemic index (GI), a measurement of the impact of food on our blood glucose levels. This means that a low GI equals a better regulation of blood sugar levels. Not too cheem, right? As such, for those living with diabetes, popcorn makes for a suitable snack! But don’t play play, make sure the popcorn is lightly seasoned and not overly salty or sweet.
2. Lower risk of heart disease
Walao, we are more and more in love with fibre now. Another advantage of this nutrient is that it protects our hearts. Turns out fibre does many good things for our bodies, like modulating our blood lipid levels, enhancing insulin sensitivity, and lowering blood pressure. Simply put ah, popcorn can help to reduce your chances of cardiovascular and coronary heart diseases. We bet you never saw that coming hor?
3. Rich in many vitamins and minerals
This one you confirm never see coming. If you think that popcorn is all loaded with a bunch of sugars, think again. Popcorn is actually filled with a ton of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc. Regarding phosphorous alone, you can maintain strong bones, muscles, and teeth, grow and repair tissues and cells, and enhance your immune system. And there are just some of the benefits leh. Swee!
4. Reduce inflammation and prevent some cancers
Aside from the above-mentioned vitamins and minerals, popcorn also contains phenolic acids, otherwise called polyphenols for us common folks. Polyphenols are an antioxidant that have been proven to solve many health issues, like preventing blood clots and reducing the risks of some cancers. Also ah, it helps to neutralise free radicals. For those who catch no ball, it basically means preventing your cells from getting damaged.
5. Better weight management
Since popcorn is chock full of fibre, it makes you feel full super fast, allowing you not to overeat. We all know that snacks may not exactly be healthy for us, but we also don’t want to kaypoh and control your diet. As such, the best solution is to eat a less fatty snack. In this case, it’s popcorn lah, but do note that this only applies to popcorn that is not doused with a bunch of flavourings. Like that, the popcorn confirm will have a higher calorie content.
We want to get it clear ah. When we talk about consuming popcorn for its health benefits, we’re not talking about instant popcorn. Not that we’re trying to say ours’ is the best, but really cannot deny that high-quality fresh popcorn is infinitely better mah. From taste and scent to its nutritional value, our popcorn is delicious yet does not contain as many preservatives and chemicals.
If you want to buy sweet popcorn in Singapore, Uncle DiDi is who you should turn to. You know that we have your best interests at heart ah, which is why we have created sugar-free popcorn flavours, such as Salted Butter. We also have 50% less sugar options like Original Sweetcorn for those who die-die need that little bit of sugar in their popcorn but still want to be healthy. Here’s some lobang – we’re creating more sugar-free options, so remember to keep your eyes peeled! Otherwise, you can satisfy your fresh cotton candy cravings with us too.