Do you wonder, is Popcorn Good or Bad for You?
Have you wondered if popcorn is a healthy snack to indulge in, or if it is GMO-free?
A recent Facebook discussion opened up this can of worms so I did some looking around, and thought I'd let you know what I found out with a little Q & A…
First, here's my recipe for healthy popcorn made with coconut oil. 🙂
1. Should popcorn be soaked or sprouted since it's a whole grain, and whole grains contain phytic acid, which blocks mineral absorption?
“Corn is fairly low in phytic acid so popcorn in moderation is probably fine. Also, when eaten with melted butter, the saturated fats help mitigate the effects of phytic acid.” (From the WAPF)
“As it turns out, popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks you can eat and polyphenols are the reason why. Polyphenols are a type of chemical found in plant foods that help neutralize free radicals, those nasty little baddies that damage your cells and contribute to rapid aging. Popcorn has one of the highest levels of polyphenols of any plant food–including most fruit!
Even though homemade popcorn is a fantastic and healthy snack choice, as with anything, don’t overdo. Corn that is not soaked or sprouted prior to cooking contains anti-nutrients that can inflame digestion if consumed to excess.
Take care to seek organic popcorn since most conventional popcorn will have been sprayed with pesticides.” (Source)
*So no, it doesn't need to be soaked or sprouted as long as you eat organic, don't eat TOO much, and of course eat it with plenty of butter! (Note though that I haven't been able to find an organic popcorn that is not tough, so I use this yummy heirloom popcorn. It's not organic but it is no-gmo, and it doesn't stick to your teeth or have a tough chewiness to it, it is JUST right! (At that link you can read in the Q&A's about how it's grown. If anyone finds an organic brand that is not tough to chew, please let me know.) I did just find THIS organic heirloom popcorn, let me know if you try it!
2. Is THIS popcorn good or bad: What about store-bought microwave popcorn?
This one's easy: AVOID IT LIKE THE PLAGUE! Just look at the label on that nasty stuff and it's enough to send you running away in shock and disgust. You'll see all sorts of chemical unpronouncables in there. A friend of ours, however, does like to put regular popcorn in a paper sack, all by itself, and pop it in the microwave that way. That's waaaaay better than the junk from the store, but since we try to avoid the microwave as much as possible, I just get out this Stainless Steel Popcorn Popper that I love and it takes only a few minutes! (Make sure you don't get the aluminum one.) Plus in a paper sack you're missing out on the extra nutrients from frying in the coconut oil.
3. Is popcorn GMO-free?
“At the Seeds of Doubt conference recently, Jeffery Smith, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and GMO expert, assured us that even though almost 90% of the corn grown and eaten in this country is GMO corn, popcorn comes from a different seed and has not been genetically modified.” (Source)
Good to know!
Still think saturated fats are bad for us? Read this about healthy fats and you'll be relieved to know the truth. Here's the healthy coconut oil I use. Butter and coconut oil are superfoods that boost our immune system!
Still think salt should be avoided? Just get the right kind of salt! Read more about how beneficial sea salt is in our diets. Here's the sea salt I use.
5. What about the carbs?
Okay, you got me there. If you have blood sugar issues or you're watching your weight, you'll want to be careful about how much popcorn you consume. When I'm being good about watching my carb intake, I'll measure out 1/8 cup of kernels and pop those up for a very satisfying snack with not too many carbs. Plus, it has a lot of fiber which brings down the glycemic index, AND the healthy butter that goes on top also brings down the glycemic index! This amount makes a nice, but not TOO big of a bowl full.
More you might like:
- Again, here's my recipe for healthy popcorn made with coconut oil.
- Add some ZING to your homemade popcorn, Try these recipes next: Chicago Style Popcorn & Dorito Popcorn!
- This post has many ideas for new ways to use coconut oil and get more of this healthy fat into your diet!
We rarely go to movies anymore, but I did take the kids to see Epic the other day (to the only theater around here that has real butter), and that was really cute!
Around here, our latest favorites are the two pictured: we love watching old Brady Bunch episodes! Also, the Magic School Bus movies are a big hit and they beg to watch “just one episode”, but don't tell them how educational they are or they might quit asking. 🙂
What's your latest favorite movie, or what are your favorite kids' movies?