Are fat popcorn?

by Georgia Ede
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Popcorn … fattening as much as they say?

When we go to the cinema even without knowing which movie we are going to see, we already know which popcorn we are going to ask for. Sweet or salty, which are your favorites? A snack that has spread linked to the cinema, but that is increasingly being consumed without the need to see a movie.

The ease of being able to make them at home with a simple bag has made popcorn more and more consumed every day even though it has the reputation of making you fat , but is everything that is said about popcorn true? Are they fattening as they say?

The popcorn is one of the most common snacks in cinemas, but … Much You Fat? Recently, studies have been carried out regarding whether popcorn is fattening or not and the results have been quite pleasant for those of us who enjoy this delicious snack, but although all that glitters is not gold, we must take into account different aspects before make a statement.

Here we reveal all the secrets about this delicious appetizer.

What does corn give us?

Corn is a food that has been questioned in many aspects since generally the corn that we consume is a transgenic product , that is, it has been genetically modified to speed up and make the production process cheaper, which affects the health of consumers and to the environment.

On the other hand, the corn that we consume in the form of ears, generally already cooked, provides a large amount of sugars , and if we talk about popcorn; what scares us are fats; But corn is not really the enemy, it is a basic cereal that provides us with quality nutrients with a very low amount of fat . The key is in how it should be consumed.

Canned corn is one of the products that has its properties altered by additives, in the case of sugar and salt; for this reason its consumption is not highly recommended.

In the case of popcorn, the problem is the preparation of the corn when we add fat, as is the case with butters, that’s when things change, when we buy popcorn at the movies, depending on how they are made, they can have around 500 calories per 100 grams .

In addition, if we consume them sweet, we are adding calories, and if we consume them salty, the high sodium content does not benefit us either, since it increases the predisposition to suffer cardiovascular diseases and fluid retention .

Does popcorn make you fat?

Popcorn is obtained from a variety of corn which, when brought to high temperatures, explodes, releasing the starch that is inside, this is what is known as popcorn.

Every 100 grams of natural popcorn has approximately 375 calories , which is why it has been classified as a medium-calorie food that we can consume in moderation.

The problem is given in how we consume popcorn, both sweet and salty have an additive that makes this caloric intake triple, butter.

To make them faster and more palatable, the corn kernels are fried in butter or other vegetable fats , which increases their caloric intake and fat content, thus modifying their nutritional quality.

If we look at the caloric intake, it shoots up when we add fats so they are no longer a healthy product.

How many calories does popcorn have?

As we have seen, popcorn is not at all bad when consumed in moderation and when you opt for natural popcorn.

A bag of popcorn that we can buy in the supermarket to cook in the microwave   has around 500 kilocalories per 100 grams , depending on the variety, while if we make them at home they will provide us with around 375 calories per 100 grams of product.

The same amount of popcorn also contains a contribution of 60 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of protein, magnesium, potassium and vitamins of group B.

The fat content will depend on the way you choose to cook the popcorn; When we opt for natural popcorn, the fat content of the popcorn is low since it only has 4 grams of fat for every 100 grams of popcorn.

When cooking them using oils, this amount could rise to more than 20 grams of fat for every 100 grams of popcorn, and if we use butter about 30 more, approximately.

How to prepare homemade popcorn?

The best way to eat popcorn is to buy the natural grain . To cook them, you will have to place a moderate amount of grains in a pan and bring to medium heat, we must be constantly stirring so that the grains do not burn. To facilitate the process you can add a few drops of olive oil.

When the grains begin to explode, reduce the heat to a very low heat and continue moving the pan until the pops are heard a few seconds apart, making sure that the popcorn that has already exploded does not burn.

To consume popcorn as a healthy snack you should not add sugar, salt or butter. Its flavor can be improved by making use of aromatic herbs .

So, now that you know how you can prepare homemade popcorn to enjoy its benefits without getting fat; feel free to enjoy them in moderation.

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