Tuesday, January 19, 2010

National Popcorn Day!

Why is January 19th National popcorn day? No one knows. There is no record of the event being declaired, but who cares, its popcorn!

Popcorn does not always come highly recomended and there are times we have to say, "no thanks." It has been reported that one movie chains medium popcorn and soda combo contained three days' worth of saturated fat. That might taste good, but it will kill you in the end.

On the other hand, Organizations such as the National Cancer Institute, the American Dental Association and the American Dietetic Association have stated that popcorn is a sensible snack that fits with any fitness plan.

Here are some nutritional information about Popcorn (courtesy popcorn.org )

Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup; oil-popped popcorn has only 55 calories per cup.

When lightly buttered, popcorn contains about 133 calories per cup.

Popcorn provides energy-producing complex carbohydrates

Popcorn contains fiber, providing roughage the body needs in the daily diet.

Popcorn is naturally low in fat and calories.

Popcorn has no artificial additives or preservatives, and is sugar-free.

Popcorn is ideal for between meal snacking since it satisfies and doesn't spoil the appetite.

3 cups of popcorn equal one serving from the grain group.

Americans today consume 17 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year. The average American eats about 54 quarts.

I personally love caramel popcorn myself, but National Caramel Popcorn Day isn’t until April 7th. (No Kidding).

Don’t think I’ll be waiting till then though.