Microwave Popcorn is harmful!!!!

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Microwave popcorn

Popcorn has always been a healthy snack and is high in fiber and are good carbohydrates. But now for the super duper busy or plainly lazy people have access to microwave popcorn. But really, it is not a substitute for air popped popcorn.

 

Let us have a look why?

  • Microwave popcorn are very high in salt and hence can cause water retention and cause bloating. Most of them contain about 400-5o0mg of salt while the Recommended Dietary Allowance of sodium per day is 2000mg. Hence it provides a major chunk of the sodium needed per day.
  • It is also high in fat. We blindly pick up the buttered ones thinking it is healthy. These also contain vegetable oils and also trans fats as the oil may not be of good quality. The oil can add up to a lot of calories. They contain about 28 grams of fats for 100 grams of popcorn. So you may be getting 250Kcal on from fat.
  • Microwave popcorn will not help you to keep portion control as it contains more than one portion, although it does not mention portion size. Hence if you really want to eat, split the portion 3-4 times.

The calories vary from 500-600 Kcals. Hence if you take Act 2 popcorn, the quantity is 85g. So if you divide into 3 portions which will be 28g, then the calories will come down to 160-200kCal. Hence don’t pop and chow down the whole packet. You may be not doing any good if you are restricting calories.

Next, the popcorn bags contain chemicals such as perflourooctonoic acid(PFOA) which is present in the lining of the bags which vaporise on microwaving and studies have shown the chemical being linked to infertility and causing cancers.

 

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Benefits of air popped popcorn

  • You can control the amount of salt you add or you can have it without adding any salt.
  • Healthy oils can be added and again you can cut down on the oil you add.
  • You can determine the portion size you want to eat.
  • Cheaper on the pocket.

Popcorn is my favorite snack and I use a microwave popcorn maker which you can use fresh corn kernels, not the prepacked ones and I add no salt and oil. I love adding organo or pepper for flavor. If you do not have the time to use a skillet, follow my method…

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Sanjana Shenoy

About Sanjana Shenoy

A dietitian from Mangalore, India. A post graduate diploma holder in “Dietetics” and a university topper from Welcomgroup School of Hotel Administration from the prestigious Manipal University. At present working as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. Consultant for corporates like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

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4 Responses to Microwave Popcorn is harmful!!!!

  1. Ujwal April 18, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    Hey Sanjana,
    A very good article.. I even read in some sites that the butter used is not original butter and the flavouring used instead of butter is also not good for health. Thanks for the details

  2. Sanjana Shenoy
    Sanjana - Dietitian May 6, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    Your welcome Ujwal…. :)

  3. T.S.SUNDARAM. January 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    ADDING OATS TO YOUR DAILY DIET COULD BE THE KEY TO CONTROLLING DIABETES. Dr. SHASHANK> R. JOSHI.

    People with diabetes were asked to eat eight tablespoons of oats everyday for a year and the impact of this diet was measured using scientific tests. Patients were given standardised indigenous recipes incorporating oats and asked to eat it in any form at any time of the day.
    Two cereals were substituted with rolled oats. Since the trials were done in Mumbai, popular recipes from Western India like oat poha, upma, khakra, bhakri, cheela, soup, muthia, kanji and dosa were introduced.
    Eating just eight tablespoons of oats was found to decrease post-prandial blood sugar by 10-15 per cent in people with type-2 or adult-onset diabetes. Researchers found that compliance was better when oats was incorporated into traditional Indian recipes. Some were even allowed to lower doses of diabetes-control medication

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