Vinson, a chemist at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, said “We found that, in fact, whole grain products have comparable antioxidants per gram to fruits and vegetables. This is the first study to examine total phenol antioxidants in breakfast cereals and snacks, whereas previous studies have measured free antioxidants in the products.”
Bran cereals made from wheat overall do not have more antioxidants than wheat cereals, though they do have more fiber, he said. In other findings, he said that whole grain flours are very high in antioxidants; whole grain snacks have slightly lower levels of antioxidants than cereals; of snacks, popcorn has the highest level of antioxidants; and there is a wide variation in the amount of antioxidants in each class of cold cereal.
GorillaFit Notes: Some of the highest cereals with antioxidants were due to fruits that had been added or spices (cinnamon). These were noted during the experiment. Aside from these extra ingredients Whole Grains, Oats, Popcorn fared well in polyphenols. Going to the movies and adding tons of butter and salt to the popcorn most likely would undo any benefits from the polyphenol content of foods like popcorn. I will need to see more studies on this topic. It does seem interesting to know that some foods that were thought to only be good because of their fiber content are now being recognized for being high in polyphenols too.