Pre-Columbian indigenous peoples domesticated the popcorn variety of corn way back around 5000 B.C.E, but it didn’t really gain a foothold in the United States until the 1820s.1 Now, of course, a visit to the movie theater isn’t complete without a salty, buttery box of popcorn to nosh on.
Popcorn is a simple, delicious, and affordable snack, which is as good a reason as any for it to have its own day. National Popcorn Day is celebrated on January 19, and we have some fun facts, recipes, and crafty ideas to help you get in the popping mood!
How healthy is popcorn?
A whopping 3-cup serving of plain, air-popped popcorn has just 93 calories, 1.1g of total fat, 2mg of sodium, and represents 14% of your daily recommended allowance of fiber.2
By contrast, the suggested serving size for oil-popped popcorn is just 1 cup which has 64 calories, 4.8g of total fat, 116mg of sodium and just 4% of your recommended allowance of fiber.3
Obviously popcorn is as healthy as you choose to make it. Limiting the salt and buttery toppings you add to it helps, as does opting for homemade air popped corn rather than microwave and pre-packaged varieties that can be full of added fat, salt, chemicals, and preservatives. For a complete list of brand-name popcorn nutrition facts visit Calorie Count so you can make an educated decision for you and your family.
Popcorn is delicious all on its own, but for a special treat there are lots of ways to dress it up and make extra tasty and fancy. Check out Something Swanky site for 50 popcorn recipes including S’more Caramel Corn, Orange Dreamsicle Popcorn, and Maple Bacon Popcorn.
If you plan to celebrate National Popcorn Day by popping a big bowl of popcorn and snuggling up on the couch with a good book or a favorite movie, that’s fine too. Don’t worry if you don’t have a popcorn maker – here are some great tips for making the perfect popcorn on the stove.
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