10 healthy foods that don't taste like cardboard

PHOTO: 10 healthy foods that don't taste like cardboard

SINGAPORE - Three in 10 readers think wholesome nosh is unpalatable.

But not all healthy foods taste terrible, and some supposedly "unhealthy" foods are good for the body - as long as you avoid that extra dash of sugar and salt.

Take for an example popcorn. Besides being rich in fibre, popcorn is also high in antioxidants.

In fact, researchers have found that it has greater concentrations of polyphenols than many other fruits and vegetables.

Their polyphenol content becomes diluted in the 90 per cent water that make up fresh produce.

"Popcorn may be the perfect snack food. It's the only snack that is a 100 per cent unprocessed whole grain as compared to cereal [where] only over 51 per cent of the weight of the product is whole grain," says Joe Vinson, a professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton in the US.

Of course, he's talking about plain, air-popped corn - and not the caramel or butter-coated kind you get at cineplexes. 

Still hesitating over changing your diet? Maybe our list of yummy, nutritious eats will change your mind!

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