9 Surprising Superfoods

Meet the amazing underdogs of the food world.

By Leah Zerbe

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Imagine an award show dedicated to recognizing the best of the best in the world of superfoods. You’d probably picture powerhouses like acai berries, blueberries, and green tea bags sitting in the front row, each eagerly awaiting to glide onstage to claim the coveted Superfood of the Century award. While those antioxidant superstars often steal the show thanks to their amazing health benefits, the truth is, there are lots of underdogs that deserve some serious superfood props, too.

who knew that popcorn was loaded with antioxidants?

Popcorn

Turns out, that simple little TV snack is loaded with antioxidants—more so than most fruits! Popcorn kernels are bursting with 4 times more polyphenols—potent cancer-fighting plant compounds—compared to the average amount found in fruits. Just be sure to pass on the movie theater kind and make your own. A typical movie theater popcorn contains 825 calories, 46 grams of fat, including heart-damaging trans fat, and nearly 1,500 milligrams of sodium.

Prep tip: Most microwave popcorn bags contain nonstick chemicals linked to infertility, thyroid problems, and ADHD. For a safer savory snack, make your own on the stovetop using grass-fed butter, ghee, or coconut oil. You can also use this microwave trick, or pop up safer packaged popcorn from the Quinn Popcorn company. They don’t use nasty chemicals.

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Photo: Thomas MacDonald

 
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