Aug 23, 2009

Does popcorn really help fight cancer?

A report in The Scotsman claims popcorn helps fight off cancer. Does that mean we should go to the theater instead of the doctor’s office?

From the report:

The cinema snack contains "surprisingly large" amounts of healthy antioxidant plant chemicals called polyphenols, said scientists.

Tests showed the compounds account for 2.5 per cent of popcorn kernels by weight – higher levels than other a range of cereals.

Polyphenols – also found in fruits, vegetables, chocolate, wine, coffee and tea – protect the heart and cut cancer risk.

People eating theater popcorn would probably get coronary artery disease the way the concession stands slather on the butter.

Hmm...wonder if the study was conducted by one of Orville Redenbacher’s descendents?