Know what you’re munching – The truth about popcorn

30 03 2013

A bad habit I have, especially when Im broke and cant afford all the good healthy things, and dont want to resort to breads, is munching down on popcorn.  Somewhere in my head I feel less guilty about this as ir contains no sugar and fat right??? Well, everyone keeps tell me WRONG!  So what is the truth?

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Every where I read, all the experts say air popped is healthier etc etc, but nearly no one has an air popping machine and almost all of us either pop in the microwave or, as I do, traditional style in a pot.  And I am aware of the fact that popcorn is NOT paleo.

So I hit the good ole google research method, and I was quite surprised at what I found…

Popcorn is one of the healthiest foods anyone can eat. Although it does have a large amount of calories, it also contains protein, minerals and vitamins… and is an all-around food. We all strive for a balanced diet of healthful foods, which taste good. There are few children or grown-ups who do not like the salty, tantalising taste of hot, well-seasoned popcorn. Yet, of the millions who buy popcorn most do not know they are eating a highly nutritious food that will supply the body with valuable nutrients and will in no way, harm the teeth (unless you are like me and love to eat those semi cracked ones at the bottom of the pot – try not to)

Here are some less known facts

•  Of all the snacks a child can eat at school, popcorn is by far the healthiest. It builds bone, muscle, tissue, aids digestion, and is good for the teeth. Here’s why:

•  Teeth are composed chiefly of calcium and phosphorous. Both are dissolved…that is, eaten away…by a certain kind of acid, which is formed in the mouth by the action of bacteria on sugar. Thus anything containing sugar produced this acid which attacks the immediately. ‘Acids causing tooth decay form in the mouth from the use of sweetened foods, soft drinks, chewing gum, or other confections.

•  Brushing teeth immediately after consuming sweets reduces the harmful effects, but how can children brush their teeth at school? Much better to offer them something that does not require brushing teeth after eating, something like fresh, hot popcorn not having the bad effects of candy and soft drinks. ‘Eat an adequate amount of the protective foods such as milk, fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat, whole grain cereals, and bread. If children are hungry between meals, they should have fruit juices, fresh fruits, unsweetened dried fruits, nuts, popcorn, whole grain cereals, milk, cheese, instead of candy, gum, pop, or other sweet food.’ In additional to this remember that popcorn contributes to good teeth is still another way. The calcium and phosphorous in popcorn supplies the human system with appreciable quantities of valuable minerals which build teeth

POPCORN GIVES YOU MUCH NEEDED ROUGHAGE

In addition to its generous quantities of calories, protein, minerals and vitamins, popcorn supplies roughage and bulk. The roughage in popcorn beneficially exercises teeth and gums, a function not performed by soft foods. According to medical authorities, it also stimulates the flow of saliva and gastro-intestinal digestive movements. The bulk supplied by popcorn within the intestinal canal exerts mechanical stimulation of the motor machinery of the surrounding walls. For indigestion and ills that arise from over-eating, gas, etc., popcorn has always been a standard aid.

POPCORN IS RICH IN ALL KINDS OF MINERALS

*One of the outstanding qualities of popcorn as a nutritious food is the abundance of essential minerals found in it. Three ounces of popcorn will supply a growing boy or girl with more than one-third of his or her daily requirement of phosphorous and one-fifth of the daily iron requirement…popcorn furnishes the human body with 2.7 milligrams of iron per 100grams of popcorn (edible portion). That is more than eggs, roast beef, peanuts, codfish, or milk, and is just short of spinach, which has 3.0 milligrams. Truly remarkable! With 281 milligrams of phosphorous per 100grams, popcorn is far ahead of eggs, beef, codfish, and spinach, and not too far behind liver and peanuts…Popcorn also supplies calcium…not so much as milk, the greatest of all calcium producers, but still more than man other producers, but still more than many other foods… The red corpuscles of the blood must have iron, and teeth and bones must phosphorous and calcium. Popcorn is a great source of these minerals.

IRON

Popcorn 2.7 Codfish 0.9
Apples 0.3 Eggs 2.7
Beef, roast 2.4 Spinach 3.0
Carrots 0.8 Sugar 0.1

(Chart compares popcorn with other foods in milligrams of iron per 3 ½ oz serving)

PHOSPHOROUS

Popcorn 2.8 Eggs 210
Apples 0.3 Milk, fresh 93
Beef 176 Oranges 23
Codfish 189 Spinach 55

(Chart compares popcorn with other foods in milligrams of iron per 3 ½ oz serving)

CALCIUM

Popcorn 11 Liver, fresh 8
Apples 6 Potatoes 11
Beef 11 Sugar 0
Eggs 54 Tomatoes 11

(Chart compares popcorn with other foods in milligrams of iron per 3 ½ oz serving)

POPCORN IS RICH IN CALORIES…

*Children need large supplies of calories in a balanced diet for their active bodies. Many foods supply calories in abundance…meat, eggs, cheese, and bread. But among the very best suppliers is popcorn! It has 404 calories per 100 grams (edible portion). That is more than any cooked meat or fish (except very fat meats), more than all vegetable, fruits, breads, cakes, table beverages, and cheese (except Swiss). Of 1281 edible foods listed, popcorn is shown to have more calories than 1123 of the foods listed…A boy of high school age requires up to 3200 calories a day. Three ounces of popcorn will supply 343 calories, which is more than an equivalent serving of roast beef.

Popcorn……………………………. 404 Bananas……………………………. 99
Bread, rye…………………….…… 263 Cabbage…………………….……… 29
Cheese, cheddar………………….. 368 Chicken…………………………….. 194 Codfish……………………………… 70
Kidney, veal………………..…….. 115
Oatmeal, cooked ………………… 64 Peas………………………………… 101 Potatoes…………………….…….. 85 Salmon……………………..………. 169 Sausage………………….………… 446
Sweet breads………….………….. 493
Veal loin chops…………….………. 176

(Chart compares popcorn with other foods in milligrams of iron per 3 ½ oz serving)

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POPCORN IS A GOOD SOURCE OF PROTEIN

*The human body is forever building. It builds during youth when limbs and frame grow larger. After maturity, it rebuilds, replacing its worn-out tissues with new…To do this vastly important work, the body must have proteins to feed nitrogen to the cells. Proteins are not stored by the body, but must be supplied every day. Meats are excellent daily suppliers of proteins. So is popcorn. Three ounces will supply one-sixth of the daily requirement. This is not quite so good as meat but better than vegetables, bread, candy, milk, oatmeal, soups and many other foods. The bar charts at the right show how popcorn ranks as a high-protein food, entirely suitable in the diet of a growing boy or girl…Nutritionist say there is safety in a variety of foods. Eating popcorn is good way to vary a diet because it contains many valuable nutrients.

Popcorn……………………….………………… 12.7
Beans, snap…………………………..………… 2.4
beef, roast…………………………..…………. 18.9
Bread, white……………………………………. 8.5
Butter………………………………….………… 0.6 Codfish………………………………………….. 16.5
Ham, smoked………………………………..… 16.9
Milk…………………………….………………… 3.5
Oatmeal, cooked………………………………. 2.3
Puffed rice…………………….……………….. 6.7 Rolls……………………………………………… 8.2
Salad dressing…………………………….…… 1.1 Sausage…………………………..…………….. 11.3 Soups………………………………….………… 4.3
Sweet potatoes……………………..………… 1.8

(Chart compares popcorn with other foods in milligrams of iron per 3 ½ oz serving)

POPCORN IS FULL OF VITAMINS

*The body does not manufacture vitamins for its own use. Therefore they must be furnished from outside sources. Popcorn is a good source. Three ounces of popcorn will furnish about one-fifth of the daily requirement of thiamine (Vitamin B1). Thiamine is needed to maintain good appetite and normal digestion and to keep the nervous system functioning normally. Popcorn also contributes to the body’s supply of riboflavin (Vitamin B2) and niacin (formerly called nicotinic acid). Riboflavin is necessary for the body’s cells. Niacin prevents pellagra and keeps the skin in good condition. In its supply of riboflavin and niacin, popcorn is ahead of beans, cabbage, oatmeal, and many other foods. Popcorn lacks Vitamin A and C (ascorbic acid). These are thought to be destroyed by the necessarily high popping heat, since sweet corn contains appreciable quantities of Vitamins A and C.

THIAMINE (B1)

Popcorn 0.39 Liver 0.27
Beef, roast 0.10 Milk, fresh 0.04
Codfish 0.04 Pork 0.58
Eggs 0.12 Sugar 0.00

(Chart compares popcorn with other foods in milligrams of iron per 3 ½ oz serving)

RIBOFLAVIN (B2)

Popcorn 0.12 Carrots 0.6
Apples 0.02 Milk, fresh 0.17
Beef, roast 0.13 Pork 0.14
Cabbage 0.06 Sugar 0.00

(Chart compares popcorn with other foods in milligrams of iron per 3 ½ oz serving)

NIACIN

Popcorn 2.2 Cabbage 0.3
Beef, corned 2.7 Codfish 2.3
Bread, whole wheat 3.5 Lettuce 0.2
Butter 0.1 Oranges 0.2

(Chart compares popcorn with other foods in milligrams of iron per 3 ½ oz serving)

 

For those of you who dont know what Thiamin, Riboflavin and Niacin are, let me educate ya a little.

Vitamin B1, also called thiamine or thiamin, is one of 8 B vitamins. All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy.
B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly.  Niacin also helps the body make various sex and stress-related hormones in the adrenal glands and other parts of the body. Niacin helps improve circulation.

(All you galsies having the menopausals – starting eating your popcorn!)

AND THERE IS MORE I TELL YA

for all you guys and gals hitting the gym and in needs of amino acids etc… are you finding those protein shakes and protein bars etc etc getting ridiculously expensive?

check this out…

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Thats right, all those proteins and amino acids are right there ready to eat in your popcorn, add some salt to it to make is taste extra good and avoid exercise related cramping.

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Im feeling a hell of a lot better about my broke day popcorn munching, but remember, you can’t live on popcorn only, but you can make a midday meal of it.

Here’s some other cool graphs related to popcorn nutrition.

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Live Strong, Live Healthy, Keep the Faith

Lizz

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7 04 2013
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14 04 2013
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HI
Sorry I have not replied to you comment yet, I just saw this comment now in my spam folder (which I have never looked in before).
I will, however, be checking for comments in my spam (stupid) folder more often from now on.
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