Rumour has it that popcorn is one of the healthiest snack alternative, but how much truth is there in this claim?

Here are a few key facts on the most popular movie companion!

Firstly: does popcorn contain any calories? The answer is yes; 100 grams of unpopped popcorn contains 375 calories, the equivalent of a regular-sized serving of spaghetti bolognese.

Not bad.

Secondly: does popcorn contain any nutritional value? The answer is yes, again! The popcorn kernel contains a seed (just like walnuts do) and seeds are rich in healthy fats and vitamins. Popcorn kernels are particularly rich in omega fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, antioxidants (those vitamins that keep you young!) and protein.

Not bad all.

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All the above nutrients are essential to a healthy diet. It turns out that popcorn in its basic form isn’t bad for you at all, and the nutrients will remain untouched regardless of how the kernel is popped – except for its caloric value.  The amount of calories your popcorn will contain depends on how it is prepared. If you choose to air pop the kernels, it will remain pretty much the same. But if you choose to pop the kernels in oil or butter, the amount of fat will increase, and so will the calories.

Air-popped popcorn

A single cup of air-popped popcorn contains about 31 calories  – an average adult’s minimum calorie intake being in the range of 2,000-2,500 calories per day – this makes only 1.55% of the recommended daily amount! So sitting in front of your TV, watching your favourite movie while enjoying a full cup of popcorn will not make a significant difference to the number of calories you consume in a regular day.

Oil-popped popcorn

Since any type of cooking oil is composed of 100% fat molecules, popping the kernels in it will naturally affect the end product.  One cup of oil-popped popcorn contains 64 calories and 4.8g of fat – 12 times as much fat as air-popped popcorn!

We personally always use rapeseed oil which has the lowest saturated fat of any culinary oil (less than half that of Olive Oil). It’s also high in good essential omega oils usually found in fish.

What about the rest?

Adding sugar, butter, chocolate or other toppings will undeniably alter the nutritional value of your popcorn. A small sweet popcorn bucket from your local cinema contains approximately 250 calories and 10g of fat. Buttered popcorn is very fatty, and so it is chocolate popcorn.  Salted popcorn is also a very popular choice, and although salt is a necessary mineral for the well-functioning of your body, too much of it can cause high blood pressure and water retention. Like many other foods, the key to healthy consumption of flavoured popcorn is in the quantity.

In a nutshell, popcorn isn’t really bad for you. What could potentially turn popcorn into an unhealthy food is the consumption of large quantities of it, flavoured with fatty ingredients such as butter, cheese or high-carbohydrate ones such as sugar.

So how do you get great flavour without turning a “good snack” into a “bad” one?

Pop ‘n Sprinkle flavouring!

Because our flavours are powdered flavouring, we are able to provide great taste without adding high fat, calorie and sticky ingredients like butter or sauces. Besides for the Sweet Chilli and Caramel, all the flavours have less than 2 grams of sugar but they are all under 30 calories per sachet. Our flavours are also free of MSG, dairy and artificial colouring.

Get the great flavour snack you want with less calories that crisps or prepacked popcorn.

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