Popcorn Good/Bad

Popcorn Good/Bad
Popcorn Good/Bad

Relax with a good movie and a big bowl of popcorn.  Perfect way to spend the evening.  When prepared with the right ingredients, popcorn is a healthy, high fiber whole grain snack.  Here comes the BUT, some popcorn is loaded with saturated fat, trans fat, sugar and sodium.  Which puts it right up there with chips and candy.

Popcorn is a whole grain maize product and is grown just like corn on the cob.  Did you know that only popcorn kernels are able to pop?  Popcorn kernels contain a small amount of water and when heated the water expands, until the kernels explode and pop.  Popcorn is available as unpopped corn in bulk, microwaveable and pre-popped ready to eat.

Plain popcorn is low in calories and contains no saturated fat or soda.  This is the perfect kind of snack.  The microwave, ready to eat and movie theater popcorn are heavily processed and packed with added fat, saturated fat and salt.  Most of the popcorn eat today is either pre-popped or microwaveable.  Nobody wants to take the time to pop bulk popcorn which is healthier for everyone.

Check the package labels to find out what you are really eating and is it really worth the convince if your ingesting junk.   Processed popcorn can contribute a significant amount of sodium to your diet.  Heads up SEA SALT does not mean low sodium.

Popcorn is a high fiber, whole grain snack.  Fiber has a number of health benefits, including GI regularity and health, lower cardiovascular risk and decreased risk of diabetes.

When deciding on microwave or ready to eat popcorn choose the kind that contains no partially hydrogenated oil, less than 1.5 grams of saturated fat and no more than 300 milligrams of sodium per serving.

Unprocessed plain popcorn is naturally high in fiber and low in sodium and fat.  Popcorn can be a healthy snack if you choose unadorned air popped popcorn made using a hot air popper, which adds no fat or sodium.

Enjoy your popcorn!

42 thoughts on “Popcorn Good/Bad

  1. My husband and I love sharing a bowl of popcorn at night after we get the kids in bed. It’s about time for us to start looking into some healthier options though.

  2. Healthy popcorn made correctly and not packed with butter is a great snack. Yeah you could have heathier stuff but you could also have a lot worse. Thanks for sharing these details about it most people only see it as really healthy or really bad for you.

  3. I just got a whirley pop for the stove and it is fabulous! Takes three minutes of turning the handle and the whole thing is filled with fresh, popped corn. Then I add just a little bit of butter and salt. Tastes so much better than microwave popcorn and is so much better for you.

  4. I’ve always popped my own corn in a pot. I go back and forth between adding a little butter and not, but even if I do, it’s tons better than microwave popcorn. (or at least that’s what I tell myself:)

  5. Thank you for this information… I know years ago everyone thought popcorn was “sweet” and “bad” for us… but I know that has all changed! Thanks for reminding us of this – my husband loves popcorn and because he is Type II diabetic I need to remind him of this “good” snack!

  6. Popcorn is one of my favorites! We have recently been more aware of the good vs. bad popcorns available and have decided to go bulk/healthy as well. <3 Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love making my own “microwavable” popcorn. Just put plain kernels in a paper bag. Fold over the top and staple or tape. Put in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. Then spray with coconut oil spray and sprinkle some garlic powder, pink Himalayan salt, or even cinnamon and stevia on top. Yum!! Now I want some 🙂

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