Eating popcorn could help you live longer

I have a friend from the middle east who finds our western diet rather difficult. To compensate for dislike of our sweet sugary foods he will snack on dates, apricots and massive bowls full of home popped popcorn. When I heard about this report I immediately though of my friend who I’m sure,will outlive me according to Dr Jacobs. Dr David Jacobs is the Nutrition expert from the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis USA, and he has recently completed a ten-year study of women aged between 55 and 69 years. The study has shown that women who eat about 10 servings of whole grain foods per week live longer, than those who don’t, with a risk reduction at any given age for diseases such as heart disease and diabetes of 15-35%. He maintains that these wholesome whole grains can indeed lengthen your life, and that is good news as bread, popcorn, brown rice are all included in the study. Whole grains contain fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Whole grains move carcinogens through the intestines faster, lowering cancer and heart disease rates and keeping blood sugar and insulin levels steady.Good ways of including more whole grains in your diet can be to choose wholegrain breakfast cereal, bread and crackers as well as brown rice, pasta and legumes and to look for ingredients such as rolled and cracked wheat; not forgetting popcorn.

How to make popcorn

Cover the bottom of a thick bottomed pan with a little oil, (try coconut oil, or macadamia nut oil as they don’t form transfats when heated) heat the oil till hot and sprinkle in a layer of popcorn to cover the bottom of the pan. Place a lid on the pan and return to the heat, giving the occasional shake. Very soon the popping will begin. Keep giving the occasional shake and heat over the next few minutes while all the grains pop. When the popping stops, remove from heat. Flavour to taste, either with a little salt or sweetener, or just as it is.

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