Anybody who’s lived with me knows I love my popcorn—stovetop version, thanks, butter strictly optional.
Well, I’m happy to announce that this habit bodes well for my good health. The Journal of the American Dietetic Association, in its May edition, reports, “People who eat popcorn have an approximately 250 percent higher daily intake of whole grains and a 22 percent higher daily intake of fiber than non-popcorn eaters, according to researchers at the Center for Human Nutrition, Nutrition Impact LLC and ConAgra Foods.” OK, so ConAgra is a big industrial food conglomerate that makes dreadful things like Banquet (can you say sodium?) frozen foods. They have a good brand or two, like Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn—the unpopped kind in a jar, that is.
The report says popcorn eaters eat less meat, too. I guess that makes popcorn eating “green.”
The association’s Complete Food and Nutrition Guide 3rd Edition (Wiley & Sons 2006) recommends using a hot-air popper for a quick, low-fat, low-calorie snack. I doubt ConAgra would endorse the method. Can’t say I do, either, since air-popped popcorn tastes like…air.
In any case, I feel positively virtuous for my popcorn-eating habit. In fact, I think I’ll go pop some now.