Monday, May 2, 2016

Popcorn - A Healthy Snack?

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Popcorn is a powerhouse of nutrients. It is high in fiber content and low in fat.

Popcorn comes from a plant called Zea mays everta. 

Popcorn is a healthy snack if it is not covered in butter, heavily salted or doused with caramel.

Popcorn keeps you full for a long time and provides you with the necessary fiber content.

Popcorn is rich in iron, protein, vitamin B 1, vitamin B 2, calcium and phosphorus.


Nutrition in 4 cups of air-popped popcorn

Fiber -5 gms

Calories – 122gms

Carbohydrates – 25 gms

Fat – 1.4 gms

Saturated fat – 0.2 gms

Monosaturated fat – 0.4 gms

Polyunsaturated fats – 0.6 gms

B 1, B 2, B 3, B 6 and folic acid -6 % of RDA (recommended daily allowance)

Magnesium – 16 % RDA

Selenium – 8 % RDA

Zinc – 10 % RDA

Buy popcorn kernels and pop it at home with healthy oil. Sprinkle a little salt and enjoy.


How does a popcorn pop?

Popcorn has a soft starchy center covered by a hard shell. The natural moisture inside the kernel turns into steam when heated. The steam builds up pressure inside the kernel that makes the popcorn pop, and the starchy inside comes out in the form of a fluffy ball. 

Corn Field



References

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/a-snack-that-pops-popcorn
http://www2.kenyon.edu/projects/farmschool/food/corntyp.htm

1 comment:

  1. I love popcorn. My favorite was the kind you cook on top of a stove and the foil pops up. I miss that from my childhood.

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