One of the best evening snacks is popcorn. Kids love it, and adults like to reach for it while watching a movie or reading a book. The fastest way to make popcorn is from the microwave. Unfortunately, the one from the store contains a lot of harmful substances.
Popcorn has been known for a long time. It is assumed that the ancient inhabitants of Mexico discovered this way of processing food. In 19th century America, it was treated as a standard component of meals. It was added to soups (serving as today’s croutons), as well as hot milk (a substitute for breakfast cereal). It was only with time that it began to be refined and various ingredients such as sugar, molasses, and honey were added to it. It then became a movie snack sold in theaters. This custom came to us from America
Popcorn is made by roasting corn kernels. When a high temperature (about 200 °C) is applied to them, they start to swell and eventually pop and turn into a characteristic mushroom. When the processing temperature is above 100 °C, the proteins and starch contained in the corn kernels begin to soften and the water evaporates from them. During this phase, the steam pushes against the corn husk, creating more and more pressure inside. The husk then shoots out, and the inside begins to harden after contact with cool air. Keep in mind that not all corn is suitable for popcorn. In stores, you can easily find products that are designed to make it. They have a higher density of cellulose fibers and much higher endosperm content
Store-bought popcorn, although it seems like an innocent snack, contains a lot of salt and trans fats, which accumulate in our bodies. They are the most common cause of cardiovascular diseases. Popcorn made at home is a healthier substitute because we know exactly what is in it. It is also easy to calculate its caloric and nutritional values. Moreover, microwave popcorn is not fried in oil. What is needed to prepare it? A few ingredients that everyone has at home. This is a microwave, natural corn kernels (intended for making popcorn), butter, a bowl that you can put in the microwave and a plate. Follow these tips when preparing
Some people consider popcorn a very healthy snack, others not so much. The truth is that natural corn kernels are very healthy. They consist mainly of complex carbohydrates, contain no simple sugars, and are very low in fat or sodium. Popcorn without additives such as salt or butter is very low in calories and high in volume. There are about 30 calories in one glass of it
What is more, popcorn is rich in fibre, which supports digestive processes, helps to lose weight and fills you up for a longer time. Its consumption does not result in sudden sugar spikes. Moreover, popcorn without any additives is a source of antioxidants and valuable minerals such as calcium, potassium, selenium and phosphorus. In corn kernels you will find vitamin A, C and B. Keep in mind that eating popcorn with oil, butter and a lot of salt will have the opposite effect. Sodium, or saturated fatty acids lead to obesity and cardiovascular disease