This has to be clutching at straws! These scientists are claiming that popcorn hold more antioxidants than fruit. How can this be possible? My understanding is that corn doesn't have any real nutrients at all? But these guys seem to think its full of polyphenols. Would you eat it?
Beans and wheat have "nutrients" as well, but I don't consider those particularly healthy foods. Boxed, sugared cereals have added vitamins, but it's hardly healthy.
Force-fed and chemical-laden animals (CAFO) have iron and protein, but I wouldn't consider it healthy.
Just because something has nutrients(!) doesn't mean it fits well into a healthy eating plan. But I admit I love popcorn, so if you really want some corn, I don't think you'd die. I love corn, black beans and lime on salad with chicken sigh...I would eat massive amounts of it pre-paleo.
All grains have nutrients, the problem is that they have anti-nutrients as well. Particularly problem proteins high in proline (prolamines) which are hard to digest, and contribute to leaky gut etc.
That's why traditional cultures did extensive soaking, cooking and fermenting - to reduce the anti-nutrients in order to get the nutrients
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