What's This Thing?
Popcorn is a food item made from corn or maize. The kernels of corn are removed from the cob, dried until all the moisture content has evaporated. After the drying process, the kernels can be heated to make them pop by allowing the center of each kernel to burst outwards.
Is Eating Popcorn Healthy?
Corn kernels from which popcorn is made are natural source of fiber. Fiber is good for the proper functioning of the digestive system and it acts like broom which cleanses the body from within. In addition, corn kernels contain low levels of fats and no sugar which implies that they have little calorie value. The kernels also contain no sodium so you need not to worry about the salt content of popcorn. Overall, popcorn should be considered as a healthy snack.
But before diving into a popcorn party, there are a few things that you need to know. Most people who prepare popcorn fall into the trap of adding so many unhealthy stuffs to their popcorn such as dollops of butter, too much salt, caramel and more. They tend to forget that too much salt or other extra stuffs can drastically alter the healthy nature of the snack, making it unhealthy.
If you are a true-blue popcorn fanatic, do not be disheartened because there are some ways by which you can make your popcorn a healthy snack. You can make it from scratch to be sure that you know all the stuffs that go into your popcorn. You can pop a batch in a pan but if you want an easier way to do it, you can buy a popcorn machine which is relatively cheap.
How Do You Make Healthier Popcorn?
Popcorn is truly healthy and delicious even without all the additives that people usually put on it. When buying a popcorn machine in the appliance store, you must check the package to know how the corn kernels are popped with the use of that machine. Some popcorn makers need oil to pop the kernels, producing popcorn that is actually not so healthy. The popcorn produced from this machine is definitely higher in calories because up to almost fifty percent of the calories will come from the added fat.
If you choose a hot air popcorn machine, you can have a snack lower in fat and calories because this kitchen appliance only uses hot air to make the corn pop. You may add some toppings such as a low-fat spread in place of butter or you can drizzle honey over the popcorn as an alternative for white sugar or caramel.