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Friday, August 13, 2010

Benefits And Risks Of Eating Popcorn?

Popcorn is high in fibre and low in calories. It contains no sodium or sugar and fat free. To receive maximum health benefits from popcorn, a low-fat method of preparation should be chosen. One method would be to use a minimal amount of oil for kettle-cooking and by serving the popcorn plain (without ingredients such as butter and salt).
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There are many healthy varieties of popcorn commercially available, and these can be found in food shops or grocery stores. However, if you are purchasing a healthy version of popcorn then remember to check the packet for the nutritional facts, as different brands may contain different amounts of sodium and fat.

In terms of health risks, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises people to never serve popcorn to infants or toddlers as the kernels could cause choking. This could particularly apply to kernels that haven't popped, which are sometimes present in packets of popcorn.

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