Popcorn Nutrition Facts

Popcorn Nutrition Facts
Popcorn is a type of corn that has a hard hull and an interior made of dense starch that pops when heated, turning into the light, fluffy popcorn we like to cover in butter and salt. It is also known as popping corn. Popcorn is considered a health food by some, when it is not covered in butter, salt and other flavorings. Popcorn is one of the oldest types of corn and it is believed that it was domesticated in Mexico about 9000 years ago. Popcorn can be popped in a variety of ways, including in a pot, a stove-top kettle, air-popped, and in oil. The method of cooking has an impact on popcorn's nutritional value.
Interesting Popcorn Nutrition Facts:
Popcorn that has been popped in oil has 55 calories per cup (not including toppings).
Popcorn that has been air-popped has 31 calories per cup (not including toppings) and is likely the healthiest type of popcorn.
Butter-flavored microwave popcorn has 43 calories per cup; a small, movie-theatre popcorn has 61 calories per cup; cheese-flavored store-bought popcorn has 91 calories per cup; caramel corn contains 150 calories per cup.
Lightly buttered popcorn has approximately 133 calories per cup.
Popcorn is low in fat, has no sugar, and is considered to be a whole grain food.
Popcorn is a whole grain food and it contains phenolic antioxidants. These type of antioxidants are easier for the body to absorb.
1 cup of air-popped popcorn contains just a little more than 6grams of carbohydrates, and 1.2 grams of dietary fiber.
In Mexico popcorn is often served with hot sauce, jalapeno juice, butter, salt or cheese.
In the 1800s Americans ate popcorn as cereal. They ate it with milk and sugar, the same as many cereals are consumed today.
Air-popped popcorn is low in saturated fat, contains no cholesterol, is naturally low in sodium, and is a good source of dietary fiber.
Popcorn, when air-popped is a healthy snack for those trying to lose weight or for those who need to regulate their carbohydrate intake due to diabetes.
The fiber contained in popcorn helps to regulate digestion. Fiber also helps to control and even lower cholesterol, and it can help to manage weight.
Popcorn contains small amounts of vitamin B6, folate, niacin, and thiamin. B vitamins help the body to maintain healthy red blood cells, and are important for the support of the brain, immune system, muscles, the heart, and skin. B vitamins are also important for the body's digestive health.
Essential minerals found in small amounts in popcorn include copper, potassium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.
Popcorn contains more iron ounce for ounce than spinach and eggs.
Popcorn is a good source of protein (containing much more than you'll find in potato chips!).
Popcorn is mostly air - which makes it valuable to those trying to lose or maintain weight. It can make someone feel full and ward off cravings without adding a lot of calories.
Popcorn is gluten-free, which means it is a good snack for those who cannot consume gluten (celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity).

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