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Popcorn, healthy or not?

  1. It is perhaps the most eaten snack in the world: popcorn. Whether you're having a relaxed movie night or fancy a quick snack, popcorn is super easy and just a part of it for many people. However, the nutritional value of this snack is much debated. Do you like popcorn and wonder if you can continue to eat it with confidence? That is the question we will discuss in detail in this blog.

What exactly is popcorn?

  1. Of course we all know what popcorn is - those foamy white chunks you eat at the movies. But do you also know how this snack is actually made? Popcorn is popped corn. If you heat the kernels of that grain, steam will be created on the inside as the water in the kernels evaporates.

  1. The resulting pressure will eventually cause the shell of the grain to burst open. This gives the starch in the maize room to expand considerably â € “and this is how the foamy grains we know as popcorn are formed.

Is corn healthy?

  1. Because this snack mainly contains the same substances as corn, it is first interesting to see how healthy corn actually is. The grain has a number of good properties: it contains a lot of fiber, substances that keep your intestines healthy and thus ensure good digestion.

  1. In addition, corn contains many polyphenols. These are antioxidants, substances that not only ensure that inflammation in your body is less likely, but that also counteract arteriosclerosis. Unfortunately there are also less points on corn. It has a high glycemic index, which means that sugars from the food are quickly absorbed into the blood.

Sweet popcorn

  1. As long as you don't eat it too often, corn is fine as part of a balanced diet - but what about popcorn? We first look at the most popular variant, the sweet variant that you buy in the supermarket. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a lot less healthy than the corn from which it is made!

  1. For starters, it is often baked in artificially hardened fats, called trans fats, which are very bad for you. In addition, substantial amounts of sugar are added to boost sweetness. Think of the types with a layer of caramel, cream butter, chocolate â € ¦ Sweet popcorn is better left standing.

Salty popcorn

  1. Is the salt variant better? In any case, it doesn't contain crazy amounts of sugar. A good portion does contain quite a bit of sodium, but if you keep an eye on your salt consumption for the rest of the day, that shouldn't be an immediate problem.

  1. The salty variant also contains considerable amounts of unhealthy trans fats and other artificial additives. In addition, the snack is often eaten with melted butter, which also immediately turns it into quite a calorie bomb.

  1. A remarkable fact: if you buy ready-to-eat popcorn at the supermarket, there are just as many and sometimes even more calories in the salty popcorn than the sweet popcorn. Very strange, since there are no calories in salt and a lot in sugar.

  1. How is that possible? Next time in the supermarket, check the labels of the bags of sweet and salty popcorn. The salty popcorn contains more fat than the sweet variety. This naturally increases the total number of calories quickly.

Is popcorn healthy?

  1. So is it healthy? Yes, but it must be home-made popcorn so you can enjoy this snack every now and then without getting all kinds of chemicals.

  1. Do you think that unflavored popcorn is boring? Then add a seasoning that does not neglect the positives of popcorn and does not add extra calories. Think chili powder or garlic powder, so that you do not have to use any or little salt and still create an interesting taste. When you eat it in moderation, you certainly don't have to feel guilty!

  2. Do you think that unflavored popcorn is boring? Then add a seasoning that does not neglect the positive aspects of popcorn and does not add extra calories. Think chili powder or garlic powder, so that you do not have to use any or little salt and still create an interesting flavor. When you eat it in moderation, you certainly don't have to feel guilty!



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