Love Popcorn !
Popcorn is one
of the world's favorite snacks. And guess what? Most of the
popcorn in the world is grown right here in the good old U.S.A.
In 2001 alone, the U.S. exported 229 million pounds of popcorn!
Popcorn is a source
of fiber, also known as roughage. Popcorn is low in calories:
31 - 55 per cup of unbuttered, 133 calories lightly buttered.
Popcorn is sugar
free and fat free, yet has energy-producing carbohydrates.
It's great for between meal snacks as it does not overfill
you or spoil your appetite. And did you know that there are
dozens of ways to make popcorn other than just plain popped?
Popcorn has the
ability to pop because it contains a small amount of water
stored in a circle of soft starch. When the popcorn is heated
the water expands, and the pressure inside the hard casing
causes it to pop. The kernel turns inside out and the water
escapes as steam.
Kernels that have
not popped are called "old maids." They do not have
enough water to create the pressure needed to pop. They can,
however, be rejuvenated by putting them in a jar with a teaspoon
of water. Cover and shake every five to ten minutes until
all the water is absorbed. Set them aside for two to four
days. Now they will pop!
about 59 quarts of popcorn per man, women and child each year.
Approximately 70 percent is bought at retail stores in both
raw and popped form, and then eaten at home. The rest pops
up nearly any place associated with fun, food and/or fitness.
Movie theaters, sporting events, entertainment arenas, amusement
parks and other places where large crowds are likely to gather
just wouldn't seem the same without a tasty popped treat.
The National Cancer
Institute suggests fiber in the diet to reduce the chances
of developing some forms of cancer. The American Dietetic
Association recommends popcorn as a high fiber snack food
in their list of "ten great ways to fiber up!" The
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research lists
popcorn as a smart, low/no sugar snack. Experts seem to agree.
Popcorn is an all -around "good" food: healthy,
economical and tasty.
Safety Note: Popcorn
is a healthful and delicious snack choice when prepared with
low-fat ingredients. It is never recommended for infants or
toddlers, as the kernels may pose a choking threat to their