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!