The season of watching movies and series begins and of course eating popcorn as an integral part of the experience. In terms of health how much you need to know about this tasty snack?
Popcorn is prepared quickly it is easy and economical snack. But their nutritional properties are closely related to the manner of preparation. In fact there are 3 ways of preparing them: with hot air, oil or in the microwave. The method of their preparation gives the popcorn its nutrition value. For example, the oil that is used in one of the ways can turn popcorn from light and healthy into caloric and unhealthy food.
The number of calories in popcorn varies. A medium bowl of popcorn contains about 100 calories, making them an excellent low calorie food. But calories are doubled if the popcorn is cooked in oil.
The quantity and type of fat that contains this snack can also vary. Often, popcorn prepared in a microwave oven is stabilized with palm oil or partially hydrogenated oils and can represent a potential health risk. Palm oil is rich in saturated fats, and hydrogenated oils are high in trans-fats. Both types of fat increase the risk of heart disease. Healthier option is cooking popcorn in olive oil or some other type of oil rich in mono and polyunsaturated fats.
The quantity of salt in the popcorn represents a potential risk as well. Excessive use of salt leads to high blood pressure, which is an important factor for the occurrence of diseases in many organ systems, primarily for the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases.
From this aspect, preparing popcorn at home allows you to control the amount of salt. If you are not satisfied with the taste you can add, for example, garlic granules or black pepper.
Popcorn is an excellent source of fiber. A medium bowl of popcorn contains about 3 grams of fiber which is 15 percent of the recommended daily intake. Fiber is, among other things, important for maintaining the health of the gastrointestinal system.
Vitamins and Minerals
Popcorn contains vitamins and minerals, a fact that should not surprise us if we have in mind that they are basically legumes. The vitamins that are in large amounts include vitamin B complex, thiamine, niacin, folate, etc… When it comes to minerals, popcorn is rich in rich in magnesium, phosphorus and manganese.