Popcorn is a party for the taste buds. And, in its pure form, it’s healthful. Free of salt, trans-fatty acids and preservatives, in its natural state, popcorn provides a delicious source of fiber. This whole-grain product is also lower in calories than most other snack foods.
However, popcorn is rarely served unadulterated. Rather, what manufacturers and consumers add to it transforms this otherwise healthy treat into an unhealthy nightmare.
Instead of microwave popcorn, using a hot-air popper to inflate kernels eliminates the need for oil or fat, and increases the health benefits of popcorn.
Other home-cooked methods, such as popping with a small amount of coconut oil in a covered pan on the stove top, also offer benefits because you, not the manufacturer, control the amount and type of fat and salt used.
Try added a small amount of butter and tossing the popcorn with nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavour.
This chiropractic office is committed to teaching patients about nutrition. To learn more about the effect of nutrition on health, ask us about additional research-based materials and other programs we have available for patients.