What's the story with popcorn, is it a healthy snack, a guilty indulgence or something in between? Let's take a look!
- Popcorn, in and of itself, is a complex whole grain, so it's high in fibre with a low glycemic index.
- It's naturally vegan, gluten free and low FODMAP
- A 2 cup portion is equal to 1 Canada's Food Guide grain serving
- 2 cups provide less than 1 gram of fat, 2 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fibre, plus magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and small amounts of many other essential nutrients
- Serving sizes on packaged popcorn is huge, ranging from 3.5 cups to 7.25 cups! (Have you ever seen such a large serving anywhere else?!) This is because popcorn is so light and fluffy, so it takes a significant amount to add up.
- It is considered a choking hazard, so it's recommended to not give to children under 4 (and also anyone who has difficulty chewing and swallowing)
- Popcorns' bad rep comes from the recipes and additives to make it 'more delicious' or 'fun': Caramel popcorn, chocolate covered, marshmallows and peanut butter... Here are 6 delish popcorn recipes that will satisfy your snack cravings and won't lessen popcorn's health benefits
Spicy, savoury popcorn from Cheryl Meyer RD of Dish & Delite
Peanut Butter Popcorn & Chili Lime Popcorn from Sarah Koszyk MA RDN Family. Food. Fiesta
Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn from Brynn McDowell RD from The Domestic Dietitian
Savoury Vegan "Cheesy" Popcorn from Julie Harrington RD of RDelicious Kitchen
Sweet & Savoury Popcorn Seasonings from Jodi Danen RD of Create Kids Club
Not sure how to make home-made popcorn? Check out this easy 5 minute 'How-To' from Dixya Bhattarai RD of Food Pleasure & Health
What's your favorite way to eat popcorn? Comment below, and happy snacking :)