There's great news for movie lovers. That popcorn slathered in butter at the movie theater may be only mostly bad for you.
Snack foods like popcorn and many popular breakfast cereals contain "surprisingly large" amounts of healthful antioxidant substances called polyphenols
, said chemist Joe Vinson, Ph.D., who headed a new study and presented the results at the ACS meeting today.
Polyphenols are one reason why fruits, vegetables and foods like chocolate, wine, coffee, and tea have become renowned for their potential role in reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.